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General Aviation Weather Encounter Case Studies
School of Graduate Studies - Daytona Beach
  • John M Lanicci, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Massoud Bazargan, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Daniel Halperin, Clemson University
  • Scott Shappell, Clemson University
  • Jaclyn Baron, Clemson University
  • Rebecca Iden, Clemson University
  • Carla Hackworth, FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
  • Kali Holcomb, FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
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This study presents a compilation of 24 cases involving general aviation (GA) pilots’ weather encounters over the continental U.S. The project team interviewed pilots who had experienced a weather encounter, and we examined their backgrounds, flight experience, and weather encounter details. Results from meteorological data analysis for each weather encounter were consistent with findings of larger GA weather accident studies in terms of the types of hazards encountered and flight phase during which the encounters occurred. Investigation of pilot weather products and the sources from which they were obtained revealed a lack of uniformity of pre-flight data sources and underutilization of available en route flight information services. The team used these results to develop a set of pilot weather education and training recommendations intended to reduce the number and severity of weather encounters.

Washington, DC 20591
Citation Information
John M Lanicci, Massoud Bazargan, Daniel Halperin, Scott Shappell, et al.. General Aviation Weather Encounter Case Studies. (2012)
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