SUBJECT Airborne Weather Radar Pilot's Operating Guide by ssg15076


Date: January 11, 2010

XJ MEMO #10-04

TO: All Pilots
FROM: Flight Operations
SUBJECT: Airborne Weather Radar Pilot’s Operating Guide

Mesaba Airlines in conjunction with Radar Training Systems have put together a color,
flight case size Pilot Operating Guide for airborne weather radar. This is a generic
manual, for your use and study. It is intended to provide some operating tips and
techniques for the use of weather radar in avoidance of hazardous weather.

The guide contains helpful techniques on tilt management for all phases of flight. It
includes step-by-step procedures for key tilt positions including: 0° tilt, “parked” position,
threat ID and tilt up. Active use and understanding of the tilt control will help you
successfully identify and avoid hazardous weather.

Of particular importance are the sections on “Using Gain to Identify Super Hazardous
Echoes,” “Storm Shapes,” “Turbulence Probability,” and “Recommended Radar
Operating Practices.”

Understanding storm shapes and the turbulence potential associated with them will help
reduce encounters with severe/extreme convective turbulence. Proper identification
and avoidance of convective weather will also reduce the likelihood of lightning strikes
and hail encounters.

This guide is being issued to all Mesaba pilots. Please stop by your base manager’s
or chief pilot’s office to obtain your copy. Only one copy will be issued to each pilot.
If a replacement is needed, contact technical publications and a new copy will be
provided for a $5.00 charge.

We hope this guide helps answer questions and provides useful tips to unlock the full
capabilities of your onboard weather radar. The flight department is happy to answer
any questions you may have on this guide. Additional radar information can be found at which is updated monthly.

  1000 Blue Gentian Road, Suite 200, Eagan MN 55121 651-367-5000

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