Learning Experiences

January 2011 Issue

Gadgetry 101

Those of us using a moving map with datalinked weather depiction—especially Nexrad radar—should be careful of relying on it too heavily. There are numerous stories of Nexrad not matching what the Mk. I, Mod. 1 eyeball displays. Here’s mine. Last summer, my wife and I flew our 1976 Piper Arrow over to Great Harbor Cay Bahamas from Miami, Fla.’s Tamiami Airport. We typically leave late morning to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. With our briefing, DVFR flightplan and Eapis paperwork taken care of, all we had to do was fly the route. Everything looked good from the weather standpoint, but in the summer things can and do change rapidly.

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