Radar Imagery Explained – Interactive eLearning Courseby Rod Machado
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Radar Imagery Explained – Interactive eLearning Course

A course by Rod Machado


This course is intended to help you identify the convective weather that you would be wise to avoid and how to “avoid it” through the use of cockpit radar imagery. This is an essential course for all IFR pilots who use uplinked cockpit weather. It’s also a valuable course for any VFR pilot with uplinked cockpit weather who wants to make better convective weather avoidance decisions in visual meteorological conditions.

Course contents

In this course you’ll learn about:

  • The basics of radar theory.
  • Gust/turbulence probability prediction.
  • Why 40 dBZs of reflectivity is such a critical value for all aircraft.
  • Estimating rainfall rates to predict in-flight turbulence.
  • Interpreting the color values of different NEXRAD displays.
  • How different weather vendors use different color scales on their uplinked weather.
  • The strengths/weaknesses of uplinked weather.
  • About ASR-9/ASR-11 approach control radar and convective weather prediction.
  • Center’s WARP radar system and Nexrad radar returns.
  • Real-time STARS weather radar information.
  • All eLearning courses come with accompanying text in “Notes” section of player.
  • Each course section comes with quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • And much, much more.

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