"The pilot had extended the landing gear of the airplane, which is a good
thing to do when turbulence becomes severe and control doubtful. If control of
the airplane is lost with the gear down, the speed will build more slowly,
allowing more time for recognition and correction of the situation."
Weather forecasters often include the "chance" of thunderstorms to cover
every eventuality - not probability - - which leaves pilots virtually on their
own to decide whether or not thunderstorms will be a consideration along the
Richard Collins' new edition of his book, Thunderstorms
and Airplanes, provides in-depth understanding of why, when, and where the
most lethal of weather hazards are likely to develop and gives practical advice
on flying well clear of them. Chapters are dedicated to weather basics,
thunderstorm research, storm forecasting, accidents related to thunderstorms,
Flying defensively in thunderstorm country.
Staying out of trouble takes more than a resolve - it takes savvy. Richard
Collins provides an in-depth understanding of why, when, and where the most
lethal of weather hazards are likely to develop and gives practical advice on
flying well clear of them.
Only the view and feel from the left front seat, and the knowledge of what
creates thunderstorms can equip the pilot to make good decisions that lead to a
safe flight. Legislators want to regulate and require complete abstinence from
areas that are candidates for storms, but storms defy precise definition. It's
nearly impossible to pinpoint in advance the exact time and place they will
What really happens when machine meets storm is explained here, with sound
advice on how to maneuver your way out. Collins brings you to the scene of
aircraft that danced one-on-one with the ultimate weather phenomena; detailed
analyses that help you improve your own weather-related decision-making. In this
way he sheds light on how the airlines reduce their exposure to storms, with
intriguing, possibly life-saving reading for all pilots who must safely share
the skies with thunderstorms.
Soft cover, illustrated, indexed, 188 pages.
Also by Richard Collins:
- Confident Flying - A Pilot Upgrade
- Flying IFR; Flying the Weather Map
- Instrument Flying Refresher
- ATC & Weather: Mastering the Systems
- Tips to Fly By
- Air Crashes
- The Perfect Flight