- Too Tousand
- Posts: 2617
- Joined: Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:09 pm
- Closest Airfield: FAWB
- Location: Pretoria
- Has liked: 30 times
- Been liked: 50 times
These concepts are somewhat fuzzy but I like to think in terms of 'benign IFR'.
Benign IFR to me is if there
1. is no icing forecast at my levels and
2. there are no embedded CB's.
I am prepared to fly my Seneca in benign IFR if the forecasts, the aircraft and I are all OK in terms of minima, serviceability and health.
I flew a Citation for a few years - the capabilities for flying in IMC are far superior - so I flew in conditions sometimes that I would not try with a smaller aircraft.
Flying IF in light singles and twins can be very rewarding, but as others have pointed out - there are demons and dragons out there waiting for you. A clear understanding of the risks involved is vital. Plus you must have the discipline to opt out or divert early if conditions deteriorate.
- Fife Thousand feet
- Posts: 5194
- Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:22 pm
- Closest Airfield: Pretoria
- Location: Pretoria
- Has liked: 204 times
- Been liked: 77 times
Thank you Chalkie, I like the 'WEATHER AVOIDANCE' part of your explanation.Chalkie wrote:Sorry Frans. The problem with a thread such as this is one willing to learn can be lead astray by the words of others.Fransw wrote:All I know is that it can be dry inside a cloud just before the rain. That dry condition can send the 'wrong' info to the storm scope that all is clear when its not.. But don't take my word for it, I'm only here to learn.
It can never be 'dry inside a cloud' as a cloud always contains moisture.
A Stormscope only picks up electrical energy/turbulence. During a developing towing Cu phase, the Stormscope might show nothing at all, as all the air is moving upwards. Once the airmass starts the upwards/downwards movement of air the Stormscope will pick up the electrical energy and display info of turbulence or lightening strikes.
You need to understand one thing. Weather RADAR is weather avoidance RADAR.
Similarly: The info displayed by a Stormscope is WEATHER AVOIDANCE info.
It is NOT: Pick-your-way-through-little-gaps-between-the-storms, info.
Keep it safe out there.
I also believe in night flying Avoidance..
- 1k poster
- Posts: 1117
- Joined: Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:56 am
- Closest Airfield: FAJS
- Location: Johannesburg
- Has liked: 9 times
- Been liked: 54 times
I like this statement even though I do not agree with it. It tells me that Fransw is aware of his capabilities. Night flying does pose a new set of challenges, but they are not insurmountable. Night flying is very fulfilling when approached correctly. But Fransw I hear you and understand what you are saying.Fransw wrote:I also believe in night flying Avoidance..