After bouncing off the edges of some small thunderstorm cells recently, I’ve been thinking about what it would be like to have Nexrad radar images in the cockpit.
I’ve been daydreaming about blithely skirting fierce weather. After all, it’s easy isn’t it? Just fly in the green, stay out of the yellow and red.
There’s one plot complication, though. If you watch animated weather radar, you can see cells suddenly appear out of nowhere. What if one of those cells appears where you are?
How many more flight into bad weather accidents will occur because cockpit weather radar lulled a pilot into a false sense of safety?
Does this sound like the “Lose the 'chute, increase the safety” argument? It’s supposed to, but in a good way.
I still think it’s better to have the cockpit weather than not, but I think the price we will pay is the loss of a few people who are as naive as I was a few weeks ago. It will be harder to measure the number of lives it saves, but I think the tradeoff is worthwhile.
I’d like to hear what an expert has to say about this. Scott D, are you listening?