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Features April 2015 Issue

Thunderstorm-Think

Thunderstorm-Think

Now that weíre in the spring months, itís time to revisit one of our old friends, the thunderstorm, and take a close look at this hazard like a forecaster.

In todayís age of accurate forecasts and effective detection, itís easy to avoid thunderstorms. However, with tight schedules and overconfidence leading to a failure to exercise proper thunderstorm avoidance, thunderstorms remain a significant cause of aviation accidents, with wind shear often playing a leading role. A recent memo by Airbus stated that wind shear is involved in four percent of approach and landing accidents and is the ninth leading cause of fatalities.

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