The Long Tentacles of  a Thunderstorm

The Long Tentacles of a Thunderstorm

On a radar display, green does not mean go, nor yellow mean caution. Plus, hazards may lurk in the black. The flight was Fort Lauderdale to Reading, Penn., with two passengers. It should have been routine, with just the usual shoreline thunderstorms common to Florida’s east coast. The aircraft was a hybrid: a Beech Duke Read More

TLC For Your Radome

The nose on your airplane does more than keep the wind from blowing through. As I taxied in to the ramp at the Greenville South Carolina Airport, the flight department manager waved me in and helped tie down. I had arrived to conduct a training session for his pilots on convective meteorology and airborne radar Read More



Avoiding Hail Hazards The way to not get hailed on is to avoid places where it’s hailing. Talk about a ruined day! It happens a dozen or so times each year. Most of the time it’s small hail, so no damage is done except chipped paint and an apology to your laundress. But, occasionally, hail Read More

Airborne Radar for Navigation?

Strange that airborne radar is so seldom used nowadays for its original purpose. Bob Buck, author of the perennially-popular book “Weather Flying” and one of the greatest aviators of all time, once told me how in olden days he used airborne radar to navigate from Rome down across the Adriatic Sea to Athens. Due to Read More

The GWX 70 Garmin Aviation 21st Century Radar

Garmin now has a truly modern airborne radar. Back in 2006, the company introduced its GWX 68, which was, in several respects, far ahead of its time. However, it was designed on the chassis of a much-older radar, which had actually started life as a King Radio product. The new GWX 70 Garmin aviation is Read More