Seeing into the Future

Seeing into the Future

Radar reveals only what a storm is. Vertical Profile reveals what it will soon be. Instantly after radar engineers discovered how to convert millevolts, ohms and dBs into digital code, they begin adding dozens of high-tech features to airborne radars. The digital revolution brought on such things as color displays, turbulence detection, auto tilt, extended Read More

A [True] Transatlantic Tale

A [True] Transatlantic Tale

Fifty-one years ago, crossing the pond in a twin piston Piper with a single ADF was a pioneering adventure Life was coming up roses for me that spring of 1965. I was successfully established as a freelance aviation journalist; a major aviation magazine had added me to its masthead as a contributing editor and my Read More

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