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May 2008 Issue

Thunderbumbers

As a committed subscriber I believe you have the best "bible" of information anywhere. Anyone who doesnít take advantage of Aviation Safety is cheating themselves. I have saved every issue for years. Regarding Aprilís article on convective weather (On A Mission: Thunderstorms) I acknowledge the 20-mile principle in avoiding thunderstorms. However, after 35 years of Florida summers, flying in both VFR and IFR conditions, it is seldom that thunderstorms allow 20-mile avoidance, especially in the afternoon and evening. In non-turbo light twins and singles that canít climb high enough to "see" whatís ahead, getting under the bases and using cockpit Nexrad provides a better choice of airports to run to when things look grim and a better visual picture to dodge mature cell activity.

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