When wave soaring, do not get caught on top!
Climbing 5000m in a glider to earn the F´ed´eration A´eronautique Internationale (FAI) Altitude Diamond is most often achieved using fast rising air generated by mountain lee-waves. During these flights, a primary concern should be an under-cast forming below the glider and/or a wave cloud enveloping the glider. These phenomena can be forecast by interpreting on-line atmospheric profiles (soundings, thermics) from numerical weather prediction (NWP) models. Profiles are presented and interpreted from actual wave flight incidents/accidents to help you anticipate these meteorological conditions: recognize, understand and act to fly safe and achieve the climb.
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