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Satellite weather gone bad

Added on: July 5, 2010         Duration: 10 minutes

For many decades general aviation pilots flying single engine aircraft and many light twins have desired an affordable realtime weather display in the cockpit. Onboard weather radar was a distant dream and was just not practical. A spherics device, such as a Stormscope, was the only practical and affordable realtime weather available until the late 90s with the advent of satellite-based weather receivers. Satellite weather has liberated the pilot adding situational awareness similar to the way GPS has been to navigation. Pilots are making more flights now knowing they can see what they are up against. But is that display always providing you with an accurate picture? While most of the time the image is reduced to showing just real precipitation, in this workshop we’ll examine a case where an overzealous filter removed even a severe thunderstorm.

 

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