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Lightning-free convection

Added on: January 12, 2011         Duration: 9 minutes

Reading all the aviation textbooks, magazines and FAA literature about deep, moist convection, it is clear that there’s a plea for pilots to remain at least 20 miles from any thunderstorm, especially one that is exhibiting severe characteristics. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this guidance, however, none of these resources adequately explain how an aircraft in flight can still be a victim of a lightning strike even though no thunderstorms exist or are anticipated in the area. In this workshop we’ll explore the nature of aircraft-induced lightning strikes and how to minimize your exposure to such an encounter.


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