A lot of us are still flying around with sferic devices like the Insight Strike Finder or the Ryan/3M/BF Goodrich/L3 Stormscope
The standard IFR package included an UPS-AT SL30 navcom, SL70 transponder, GX60 GPS, SL15 audio panel, Stormscope
and an S-TEC System Thirty autopilot with altitude hold.
Airborne radar or a good sferics device (Strikefinder, Stormscope
) is essential close to the cells.
The New York-headquartered company will provide the traffic collision avoidance system, flight data and cockpit voice recorders, the digital flight data acquisition unit and the Stormscope
weather mapping system.
In addition, the new cockpit instrument panel will house a Sagem Multi-Function Display, a Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System and an L3 Stormscope
The Frasca has a Stormscope
simulation system which allows the instructor to select up to six storms, each with its own location and orientation, as well as a variety of runways.
I reached forward and switched on the stormscope
, while searching for holes in the dense cloud cover.
There was some grim weather to deal with in both directions, and I made extensive use of my onboard Stormscope
and ADS-B weather.
That's obviously not real-time data you'd get from an onboard lightning detector like a Stormscope
, but it should be fresh enough to make on-the-fly tactical avoidance decisions.
Even when flying the best-equipped singles, it was rare to have an sferic device like a Stormscope
or Strike Finder.