April 1999 Issue

T-Storm Etiquette

Turn around or plunge ahead after an accidental thunderstorm encounter?

You may see it coming, a boiling black cloud looming in your windshield. Others will have pinned you in on either side, making penetration likely.

More likely you will not. Youíll be in the clouds and pick up a little turbulence. Then a little more. Then the rain starts. It may be torrential, but you hang on, thinking itíll soon be over. The sudden flash of lightning and instant crack of thunder suddenly slam you with the reality that youíve gone and done something stupid.

Youíve flown into a thunderstorm. Hang on, the ride is going to get wild. Tales of airplanes being ripped apart by thunderstorms are held up time and again by instructors warning the unwary against thunderstorm penet...

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