September 2008 Issue

Deviant Behavior

When convective weather is about, the shortest distance between two points rarely is a straight line.

Itís been said that experience is what you get when you donít get what you wanted to get. Well, taking significant liberties, a pilot might then say that a deviation is where you go when you donít get to go where you planned to go. Got it? We pilots are typically a robust and determined bunch. We donít like to admit we canít travel our planned route. Once weíre on our way and it looks like Mother Nature doesnít want us on our planned route, the common technique is to simply go have a look before deciding on a different, longer route. To understand the fallacy in this, letís cover a little basic geometry to see that itís better to deviate early for the shortest practical addition to your route while maintaining your sanity and keeping your blood pressure in check with a conservative deviation.

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