Steve Arbogast

Steve Arbogast has nearly 30 years' experience in aviation meteorology. After eight years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy, he joined Universal in 1989. He currently serves as senior aviation and flight planning supervisor at Universal headquarters in Houston. Steve has attended and spoken at many business aviation- and FAA-related seminars and workshops, including volcanic ash workshops. Steve has provided his aviation meteorology expertise to NBAA and leading business aviation industry publications such as Professional Pilot, Aviation International News, BART and Altitudes. Steve, is a certified Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dispatcher. He can be reached at stevearbogast@univ-wea.com.

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Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 3: Dealing with Fog

Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 3: Dealing with Fog

There are a number of weather resources available to flight crew to indicate current and predicted fog conditions. It’s always important for crews to have a basic understanding of the various means of predicting fog and how this information is portrayed on charts and weather briefs…

May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 2: Impact of Fog

Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 2: Impact of Fog

Fog conditions have potential to delay a flight or to cause the flight to divert from the planned destination airport. Understanding the impact of this atmospheric condition is important whenever operating to a fog prone area…

April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 1: Types of Fog

Aviation Weather Issues – Fog – Part 1: Types of Fog

Fog has the potential to significantly impact flight operations in various parts of the world. There are many different fog conditions to consider, and it’s important to understand the various mechanisms of fog creation…

March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments More
Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 2 – Dealing with Snow

For business aircraft operators, there are a number of particular hazards associated with snow and snow accumulation. Best practice is to take advantage of all available forecasting tools to “know before you go.” […]

January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 1 – Types of Snow

Snow – Its Effects on Aircraft & Runways: Part 1 – Types of Snow

With the winter season now upon much of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start thinking about snow. Different types of snow and snow byproducts have the potential to significantly impact general aviation movements throughout many parts of the world […]

January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Weather Pressure Systems and Business Aviation

Weather Pressure Systems and Business Aviation

Atmospheric pressure is the force per unit area exerted on the surface by the weight of air above that surface. Atmospheric pressure varies widely on Earth, and these pressure changes are important in terms of local weather. For business aircraft operators, analyzing and understanding […]

October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More
International Standard Atmosphere: How It Affects Flight – Understanding the Basics

International Standard Atmosphere: How It Affects Flight – Understanding the Basics

International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) is a model used for the standardization of aircraft instruments. It was established, with tables of values over a range of altitudes, to provide a common reference for temperature and pressure. Flying in ISA-plus temperatures will have a negative impact on aircraft performance. If ISA-plus temperatures are excessive, aircraft may not […]

September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Standard Aviation Weather Briefs: What to Know Before Takeoff

Standard Aviation Weather Briefs: What to Know Before Takeoff

A critical element in the flight planning process – particularly for longer-range missions – is the aviation weather brief. While standard aviation weather briefs vary in format and inclusions, certain information should always be available to crews – both for preliminary flight planning purposes and day of operation. The following is an overview of what […]

July 1, 2014 | 2 Comments More
Aviation Weather: Intro to SIGWX Charts

Aviation Weather: Intro to SIGWX Charts

Significant Weather (SIGWX) charts provide invaluable meteorological information to business aircraft operators and flight crew. Particularly for longer flights, or when weather issues may be a factor, SIGWX charts can be a vital flight planning tool. Here is an overview of what you need to know: 1. Know what SIGWX stands for Significant Weather – […]

January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Aircraft Icing and How It Affects Your Flight

Aircraft Icing and How It Affects Your Flight

It’s extremely important that pilots understand the dangers of aircraft icing. Even if an airplane is equipped and certified to operate in known icing conditions, there are limitations. Flying into known or potential icing situations without thorough knowledge of icing and its effects should be avoided. Pilots need to know the adverse effects of icing […]

July 30, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 2: Avoiding Potential Risks

Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 2: Avoiding Potential Risks

Whenever operating a business aircraft to areas prone to volcanic activity, being aware of the risks and how to deal with active volcanic events should be a pre-trip consideration. The good news is that volcanic activity prediction, and ash cloud tracking are much better than they […]

July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 1: Determining Risks

Risks Volcanic Activity and Ash Clouds Have on Business Aviation – Part 1: Determining Risks

While it’s relatively rare for volcanic activity to impact routine global aviation activity, there are occasional dramatic examples of operational disruptions. The potential risks of operating in regions of volcanic activity range from flight schedule disruptions to catastrophic engine […]

June 11, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Hurricanes and Typhoons vs. Business Aviation – Part 2: Advance Preparation

Hurricanes and Typhoons vs. Business Aviation – Part 2: Advance Preparation

It’s often difficult to accurately predict formation, intensity, and track of hurricanes and typhoons. These weather events, however, must be monitored closely by business aircraft operators, as they could drastically alter routing, destination stops, and safety of operation. The good news is that many […]

February 13, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Hurricanes and Typhoons vs. Business Aviation – Part 1: Understanding These Weather Events

Hurricanes and Typhoons vs. Business Aviation – Part 1: Understanding These Weather Events

Hurricane and typhoon activity occurs in many areas of the world during different seasons. It’s important to understand risks and operating limitations associated with these weather events. Keep in mind that even after a hurricane or typhoon has passed through an area, there may be airport closures, fuel shortages, and limitations of services to be […]

February 6, 2013 | 1 Comment More
NOTAMs, NOTAMs and NOTAMs

NOTAMs, NOTAMs and NOTAMs

Reviewing NOTAMs is a key element in trip planning and the day-of-operation orchestration of a business aviation flight. There are several methods of obtaining NOTAMs, and they can be accessed in different formats, but best practice is to review all NOTAMs for departure, destination, and alternate airport on your flight plan […]

October 2, 2012 | 18 Comments More
5 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists on the Day of Operation

5 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists on the Day of Operation

This aviation blog post is part of a series on aviation weather and continues from our last post: 6 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists for Pre-Flight Planning. Besides having an aviation meteorologist assist with the planning stage of a trip, there are many benefits from using his or her expert knowledge for the day […]

February 2, 2012 | 1 Comment More
6 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists for Pre-Flight Planning

6 Best Practices Used by Aviation Meteorologists for Pre-Flight Planning

This aviation blog post is part of series on aviation weather. Given the availability of different online tools – including meteorological tools – operators have many options. In many cases, these tools provide sufficient information for crew members or aircraft dispatchers. However, for international trips, operators should consider using meteorologists, who offer benefits a do-it-yourself […]

February 1, 2012 | 1 Comment More