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Lightning & Turbulence
S T O R Y B Y D A V E H I G D O N
ly enough hours and chances grow for a pilot to face weather conditions preferably avoided . Pilots often fly circuitous deviations off the most direct route just to avoid such encounters . Think of a child taking the long way home to avoid class bullies . Bullies wait ahead, and straight ahead is the short way home . One choice offers greater safety at the expense of time and distance; the shorter way invites a licking .
In aviation, the bullies are the conjoined twins: lightning and turbulence . Only one other weather condition matches the potential danger of a storm encounter: icing . A more subtle, silent threat, airframe icing morphs and degrades airfoil performance and quickly adds weight . Conversely, lightning generally is obvious in its malevolence, and turbulent conditions almost always co-exist with electrical displays because, as we’re taught, it’s turbulence
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012
From the Publisher
Interested in AEA Membership?
AEA Staff/Board of Directors
New Products for 2011
Before & After
Avoiding the Bullies
Sound Advice on Headset Choices
Choosing an Airborne Broadband System for Your Business Aircraft
Class Retrofits for Type Certificated Aircraft
ADS-B: Learning the Ins and Outs
So What is Your Customer Really Paying For?
It's the FAA's Fault, Right?
AEA Member Company Index
Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012