Section I: Equipment and Environment

Part II, Introduction: The Weather

Descriptions of northern weather go all the way from "It's the worst in the world!" to "It's not so bad." I find myself more inclined towards the latter view, at least away from the cities and coastal areas, for the following reasons:

Naturally, there are problems with deep cold, fast moving fronts, high winds, changeable weather patterns, and vast areas without comprehensive weather reports. This is all counterbalanced -- once you know the ropes -- with the lack of towers, cables, traffic, and pollution, which are endemic down south.

What it finally gets down to is that a little more individual thought, responsibility, and technical knowledge is required in the North; in return it is basically a more peaceful and satisfying environment for flight.

[Please Note: The next Chapter, Chapter 4: Winter, is unavailable on the web. The online edition continues with Chapter 5: Spring.]

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