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25-09-2010, 12:55   #1
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Thunderstorms and Flying

After seeing that idiot taking off from Weston and flying right through Wednesday's thunderstorm, I thought I should post this in case he's reading.

A very interesting article for not just pilots but passengers too.
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26-09-2010, 00:33   #2
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Is this dangerous for a plane Su?

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26-09-2010, 01:01   #3
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Not as dangerous as you might think, though you prefer not to be struck at all. They say the average airliner gets struck once a year. Usually there's no major damage, with the aluminium fuselage acting as a Faraday cage, the charge flowing around the outer surface. But some strikes can affect aircraft systems, expecially magnetic navigational instruments, but overall it's not a case of "you get hit, you die". The biggest problem with thunderstorms is the turbulence and windshear, not the lightning.
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