Entering cloud - is Stormscope adequate?

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Re: Entering cloud - is Stormscope adequate?

Unread post by Iceberg » Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:48 am

Apollo talks about 'hard' and 'soft' IMC.

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.
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Re: Entering cloud - is Stormscope adequate?

Unread post by Fransw » Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:20 am

Chalkie wrote:
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.
Sorry Frans. The problem with a thread such as this is one willing to learn can be lead astray by the words of others.

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.
Thank you Chalkie, I like the 'WEATHER AVOIDANCE' part of your explanation.

I also believe in night flying Avoidance..
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Re: Entering cloud - is Stormscope adequate?

Unread post by Airwayfreak » Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:38 am

Fransw wrote:I also believe in night flying Avoidance..
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.

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