Training General Aviation Pilots for Convective Weather Situations



TrainingGeneral Aviation Pilots for Convective Weather Situations

TrainingGeneral Aviation Pilots for Convective Weather Situations

Theprimary challenge to flights still presents itself in the form ofweather-induced accidents. Therefore, the aviation bodies haveinvested significantly on the weather forecast, and promptdissemination of information regarding the weather situation atparticular times in given regions. Pilots widely and intricately relyon weather information to secure their flights to the destinations.In a bid to release reliable weather information to pilots, NationalCenter for Atmospheric Research has invested in conducting researchand developing systems with the purpose of improving prediction ofthunderstorms and attendant dangers. Thunderstorms create turbulence,heavy precipitation, and high winds, which significantly blurs vision(Blickensderfer et al., 2015).

Itis imperative to note that progress in the computer and communicationtechnology has facilitated the pilots’ easy and efficient access toweather products through real-time data link connections. Theseproducts give the pilots an elaborate image of the weather conditionswithin which they fly. However, despite the supply of data, somesetbacks have been witnessed in the interpretation of such data bypilots and also in the possible formalization of the data. Forinstance, data feeds can suffer from latencies that would go for20mins, posing as dangerous to pilots who rely on such informationbecause that will not reflect the position in real time(Casner,Murphy, Neville, &amp Neville, 2012).

Thetraining that was carried out indicates that general aviation pilotsexhibited an increased level of understanding of weather radarconcepts and the aptitude for application in connective weatherscenarios. The field studies are instrumental to understanding theweather situations because they offer the opportunity to collect datafrom regular users in their actual environments, which would bebeneficial to pilots on flights (Vincent, Blickensderfer, Thomas,Smith, &amp Lanicci, 2013).


Blickensderfer,E., Lanicci, J., Vincent, M., Thomas, R., Smith, M., &amp Cruit, J.(2015). Training General Aviation Pilots for Convective WeatherSituations. AerospaceMedicine And Human Performance,86(10),881-888.

Casner,S., Murphy, M., Neville, E., &amp Neville, M. (2012). Pilots asWeather Briefers: The Direct Use of Aviation Weather Products byGeneral Aviation Pilots. TheInternational Journal Of Aviation Psychology,22(4),367-381.

Vincent,M., Blickensderfer, E., Thomas, R., Smith, M., &amp Lanicci, J.(2013). In-Cockpit NEXRAD Products: Training General Aviation Pilots.ProceedingsOf The Human Factors And Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting,57(1),81-85.