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Aviation Section
by Matt Ver Steeg, WeatherEdge, Inc.

Matt Ver Steeg

One of my passions in life has been aviation. My interest in flying began at an early age. I always wanted to be a pilot, so I pursued that dream. In school, I studied math and science extensively, and my first flying lesson took place on April 24, 1978, at the age of 18, in a Cessna 172. I was seriously hooked! I obtained a private pilots certificate with an instrument rating. I'm also a BFI (Basic Flight Instructor) I served as a mission pilot and squadron commander in a branch of the USAF. I've been privileged to fly many different types of airplanes in my life, both military and civilian. I've flown about anything I could get my hands on, which includes single engine, multi-engine, helicopters, ultralights, and sailplanes.

Here are a few aviation-related links for you:

EAA - Experimental Aircraft Association

SSA - Soaring Society of America

Aviation Weather

AV Web - Aviation News



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Storm chasing is dangerous. You could be hurt or killed in its pursuit, especially if you have little or no knowledge of severe storms and their environment. Chase hazards include but are not limited to heavy rain, flash flooding, lightning, high winds, large hail, tornadoes, and flying debris. Hydroplaning on the road and traffic accidents also occur. If you desire to chase, get informed and educated about weather. Contact your local National Weather Service Office, and enroll in a SKYWARN training class. Read and view all of the published information regarding severe weather, thunderstorms, and tornadoes that you can. You are responsible for educating yourself. Next, contact an experienced chaser in your area, and arrange to travel with them, until you've gained sufficient experience to go it alone. Even at that, veteran chasers get caught in harm's way from time to time. Play it safe. This page is for informational and educational use, and the authors disavow any responsibility for actions you may take.

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