by Jonathan M. Stern
The problem with flying in instrument meteorological conditions without airborne storm detection equipment is that you may inadvertently fly into thunderstorms. When you do, you know it. The only question is: "Which way is out?"
Meteorology is a subject that is of the utmost importance to pilots, particularly IFR pilots. Weather is a factor in a substantial number of aviation accidents and incidents. Weather is implicated in many recent airliner accidents in the form of wind shear, icing, and low visibility. Moreover, passengers and crew members have been seriously injured by unexpected encounters with severe turbulence.