Would You Fly in This?

  • Oct 1, 2013 8:24am GMT

Prior to the weather radar advancements, one would probably not want to fly in the treacherous weather we face in the Gulf of Mexico. Even those pilots restricted to visual flight rules are extremely limited during certain seasons of quick developing thunderstorms, low visibility and ceilings. The advantages of the instrument flight rules (IFR) world is we can fly through the clouds, but depending on the type of clouds and the convective activity it may make for a turbulene-packed ride. For IFR pilots, weather radar has become a necessity in the cockpit. Nowadays, many passengers would be suprised at the level of dangerous weather we are able to navigate, and safely.

In my current aircraft, Sikorsky 92A, we have the Primus 700 weather radar. Weather radar like this allows for pilots to make quick and knowledgable decisions about flight paths in and around dangerous weather. The combination of the advancements in weather radar and the help of air traffic controllers we, as pilots, can complete more revenue flights and ensure the safety of landing back home.