1983-02-01

The Missing Element in Wind Shear Protection 830715

ABSTRACT

An examination of a series of crashes attributed to hazardous low level wind shear indicates most pilots do not have the necessary information or training to avert disaster when severe wind shear is encountered during take-off or landing.

The most effective deterrent to aircraft fatalities due to shear encountered during these critical times is an airborne wind shear warning system which provides a voice alert to the pilot about to face the danger in adequate time for him to execute the proper escape maneuver. Modern technology has demonstrated the ability to measure the vertical component of a shear along with the horizontal, thereby providing a dependable warning free from false alarms.

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