Kevins Korner, RADAR it's not for everyone!

Kevin's Korner RADAR.. It's not for everyone!

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Q: What is Radar?
A: Radar tells the intensity
of the precipitation
inside of a cloud.
If you know how to use it, it
is very helpful. If you don’t
then it can be very harmful.
The problem is the radar
signatures are not what
you see on T.V. (They
are more complicated)
If a pilot is using a radar all the
time and is up to date on how
to use the equipment, that is
okay. However if they rely on
it only once in a while. That is
where they could end up getting
themselves in trouble.
Q: So they need every day-to-day use
to know how to use this complex
piece of equipment?
Correct, so you are almost better
off not having internal radar
and just using the weather radar,
staying the heck out of precipitation
clouds all together.
Because what these radars do
is allow you to pick through the
more intensive parts of a cloud.
If your an experienced pilot
.you fly all the time.
are trained on all the different
signatures and have a lot
of experience with your particular
unit in your particular
aircraft - IT IS STILL Risky.
Right now there are pilots that
use it maybe once or twice a
year then they decide they
are going to go through a
storm instead of around.
That is how accidents happen.
It could be a life or death
Of Course, 20% of all aircraft
crashes are weather related.
You may have a radar in your
plane currently but the technology is
possibly out date.
And the training to use
it is almost nonexistent.
”White or grey vs. lighter
green area??”
“Wide beam or Narrow beam
or a beam that’s shooting
up??”It all gets cloudy in the clouds.
Final thoughts:
If you currently have a radar  
system, I would
recommend recurrent
training if you
ever plan to use it.
A small radar signature
could easily be a FL3500 thunderstorm
by the time you get to it, and if you are using
the wrong beam
or the wrong beam angle it can be even worse.
Radar is like any other instrument,
you need to stay on current
on all of its capabilities and
limitations. If you’re a pilot that
wouldn’t feel comfortable flying
a DME arc because you haven’t
done one in 10 years. Then trying
to use your fancy radar to pick
your way through a storm  plain scary.
Q: So say that my great
uncle wants to fly to FL to
play a round or two of golf?
Are you telling me he does not
need this equipment to get around the afternoon storms?
A: If he has time, fly.  If he is not current in the operation of
his radar system, wait for a better day to go golfing.
There you have it, you better post pone that
golf match Uncle Fred!

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