To size up a storm, pilots should always use visual cues and a combination of airborne weather radar
, Nexrad imagery, a sferic (lightning detection) device, and tools like Convective Sigmets and Center Weather Advisories.
(2016) Method for Detecting and Simulating 3D Turbulence Field of Airborne Weather Radar
. Systems Engineering & Electronics, 38, 293-297.
The common X-band radar operates around 10,000 MHz (10 GHz) and is used for precision approach radar and your everyday airborne weather radar
. To get the wavelength, divide the speed of light (approximately 3 x 108 meters per second) by the radar's frequency.
MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar is the first fully certified airborne weather radar
with the following capabilities for new Next-Generation Boeing 737s: - Patented Track-While-Scan Technology prioritizes weather threats out to 320 nm by performing dedicated horizontal and vertical scans on developed or fast-growing convective cells that pose an actual threat.
The selection includes Rockwell Collins' MultiScan Threat Detection System, which is a fully automatic airborne weather radar
system that combines the latest weather science with advanced engineering concepts to identify and analyse thunderstorm cells, and display the weather threat.
Atlas was one of the early inventors of the airborne weather radar
, now standard equipment on all commercial and military aircraft.
The classic texts also advise us to avoid trying to fly in areas with more than 60 percent coverage of thunderstorm cells, even if we have airborne weather radar
. We need to heed the warnings of those who flew before us.
If such equipment (e.g., airborne weather radar
) malfunctions and in the pilot's judgment either safety or IFR capabilities are affected, reports should be made as above."
If you want airborne weather radar
, as is available in the U.S.
I do not think that I will be using airborne weather radar
any day soon, but the more you know in aviation the better.
Equipment like airborne weather radar
, approved de- or anti-icing and two powerful engines translates into an almost-all-weather airplane.