Wildfires Effect On Aviation, Part 1

Fire base preparation photo
As this wildfire grew larger and an atmospheric 'dome' of high pressure settled over the region, the smoke from this wildfire made VFR flight operations nearly impossible.
Credit: Patrick Veillette
Wildfire smoke can have a significant impact on the efficiency of air traffic operations and contains compounds that are toxic to breathe and damaging to turbine engines. As of this summer, the wildfire map produced by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) is grim. New headlines couldn’t keep...

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