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A radar system mounted to an aircraft (usually in the nose) that scans the air in front of and around the aircraft in order to detect, and help the pilots to avoid, areas of potentially-dangerous weather.

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Honeywell 880 weather radar malfunctioning

Is anyone aware of issues with the Honeywell 880 weather radar not painting moisture? We had our original 800 unit go bad on our Falcon 7X, We have installed 3 replacements that have hardware and ...
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Why in the past were weather radars not used on fighter jets?

As far as I know, the weather radar is something that has been implemented very recently in fighters jets, from what I understand in modern radars it is possible to switch in various modes including ...
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What does "half of the horizon circle" means?

The definition of Prevailing Visibility is: "Prevailing visibility is the horizontal distance over which objects or bright lights can be seen and identified over at least half of the horizon ...
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How does a plane's weather radar ignore returns from other weather radars?

In busy and congested airplane areas (around large airports, for example), there could be dozens of commercial aircraft, all with their own weather radar transmitters/receivers actively transmitting ...
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In Antonov An-225, why there are radioactive / nuclear signs?

Looking at some An-225 images, i see some radioactive signs near the nose radome. Why they are there? I'm sure it doesn't have a nuclear reactor on board or any nuclear medical equipment. The only ...
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What does the future of the weather radars look like?

Planes had weather radars for a long time (Dassault Falcon and Learjet35A) which was useful since you either had to ask ATC, listen the ATIS frequency or ask the flight advisory before flight planning ...
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Did AF447 cross dangerous weather?

question Did the Air France 447 pilots endanger the passengers by not diverting around but flying straight through the weather system encountered and pictured below ? Or was this a defendable, ...
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When do pilots facing bad weather turn back (U-turn)?

Passenger aircraft are not supposed to cross red areas on the weather radar. But what if the weather system is too large to circumnavigate and red areas inside the system are too large/prevalent to ...
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How do pilots decide whether to circumnavigate bad weather?

How does an airline pilot decide in the air whether to circumnavigate or fly through bad weather visibly looming ahead and/or displayed on the weather radar ?
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Does the F-4E Phantom II have a weather radar?

Here's the cockpit of the F-4E: The Main Panel NO7 says "Radar Scope" and when you put your mouse cursor on that "magician globe", the X-Plane 8.15 tooltip says "Weather Radar". So, what is that ...
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How does the weather radar work?

I was reading this question about turbulence and how pilots foresee it, and in one of the answers, @Rhino Driver states: Weather Radar Just like using your eyes, except the radar can see further ...
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Does weather radar scare off birds?

I was told a long time ago that having the weather radar turned on when at low altitudes helps to scare birds out of your way because the can sense/feel the radar. Casey also mentioned this in ...
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