What makes an otherwise safe pilot believe he or she can pick through the cells of a thunderstorm? In this episode, Wilson Khors and his copilot become so transfixed on making it through a tiny hole in a line of convective weather over San Juan, Puerto Rico, they simply disregard the option of turning around. They’re not alone. Even some of the most experienced pilots have done it. In part, they’re using weather depiction tactically rather than strategically. But is that really wise?
Topics the episode will cover:
- The hazards of trying to fly through rather than around convective weather.
- How weather depiction varies tremendously based on who and where you are.
- The advantages of using weather depiction strategically to avoid storms rather than tactically to pick a path through them.
In this episode you will hear from:
- Wilson Khors—Part 135 pilot who encountered a thunderstorm in a Pilatus PC-12 over San Juan, Puerto Rico in May, 2014
- Dan Boedigheimer—Business aviation pilot and CEO of Advanced Aircrew Academy
- Dan McCabe—FAA Air Traffic Controller based at Atlanta Center
- John Kosak—NBAA Manager of Weather Programs, based at the FAA Air Traffic Control Command Center in Warrenton, VA
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