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Features July 2019 Issue

Summer Hazards

Marine stratus tries to flood through the Golden Gate into the San Francisco Bay area, at lunchtime on July 18 last year. (NASA)

Summer Hazards

After a long winter of aircraft and pilot hibernation, we look forward to summer as the season of easy flying. But, “easy flying” isn’t always what we get.

Without those tools it’s important to get on the ground or find a route out of the activity if buildups start growing around you, because air mass storms often grow as clusters and the open spaces will quickly close in. If you don’t think air mass storms are a problem, check out our August 2018 issue that details two seemingly benign air mass storms: one that downed a Piper PA-23, and another that downed a Boeing 727.

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