topic –  How does weather affect the safety and operations

topic –  How does weather affect the safety and operations of airports and aviation 

Research paper outline –  due Jan 24 

An outline is a “blueprint” or “plan” for your paper.  It helps you to organize your thoughts and arguments. A good outline can make conducting research and then writing the paper very efficient.  Your outline page must include your:

  • Paper Title
  • Thesis statement
  • Major points/arguments indicated by Roman numerals (i.e., I, II, III, IV, V, etc.)
  • Support for your major points, indicated by capital Arabic numerals (i.e., A, B, C, D, E, etc.)
  • Roman numeral I should be your “Introduction”.  In the introduction portion of your paper, you’ll want to tell your reader what your paper is about and then tell what your paper hopes to prove (your thesis).  So an Introduction gives an overview of the topic and your thesis statement.
  • The final Roman numeral should be your “Conclusion”.  In the conclusion, you summarize what you have told your reader.

Attached you will find 3 sample outlines. YOUR outline can be MORE detailed, or might be LESS detailed.  Remember that a good outline makes writing easier and more efficient.

The Research Paper Draft- due Feb 1

 The Draft must be more than a few pages. It must set forth what your topic and question are, why they are important, what you have done, and what you are planning to do for the final draft. It must be detailed enough so that we can give you really helpful comments and set you on the path to making a real discovery and advancing knowledge at least one small step. 

The Research Paper Final – due Feb 15

The research paper will allow you to develop a more complete understanding of the specific topical area that you have chosen. Although the way that you decide to convey the information is up to you, remember that these papers will be graded on content, style, grammar, writing ability, and thoroughness of research—so by following the  attached instructions you will save yourself a lot of frustration. Please have someone proofread your paper before handing it in. This will save you time and points. This is an upper level college course and you will be expected to write well. If you have any questions regarding the research paper please see me ahead of time. Coming to me at the last minute with problems is not a good idea. 

  Aviation Weather Accident Report – DUE 19


  • Locate and research an aviation accident where weather was the primary cause of the accident. Write a report explaining the accident and detail how weather was the primary factor.


  • Minimum 3 pages double-spaced. Use APA format.
  • Accident must be weather related
  • Be prepared to share your findings with the class

Research hints:

  • Overall description of the accident
  • Type of aircraft
  • Location of accident
  • Crew/ pilot information
  • Weather information
  • Could the accident have been avoided?
  • Lesson learned
  • Anything else you think is important

Suggested websites

NTSB Aviation Accident Database

Aircraft Accident Reports

Lessons Learned FAA

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