Thunderstorm Avoidance seminar at KGSH

A Thunderstorm Avoidance seminar is slated for May 10 at Goshen Municipal Airport (KGSH) in Indiana.

Dr. David Strahle will be presenting the seminar, titled “Thunderstorm Avoidance using Airborne NEXRAD Radar.”

With the recent advent of Datalink Nexrad Weather Radar, all pilots must become familiar with the proper interpretation of Nexrad images in avoiding thunderstorms, organizers note.

The seminar deals with the understanding and interpretation of in-flight Nexrad Radar Images, including several examples of their precision.

StrahleStrahle who is a flight instructor, also has a degree in aerospace technology as well as a medical degree specializing in radiology. Referred to as the “Father of Datalink,” Strahle wrote the initial research papers on transmitting weather into the cockpit in 1969 and continues to provide ongoing assistance in the development of the datalink program.

An avid pilot, Dr. Strahle has his commercial license, instrument rating, basic, advanced and instrument ground instructor’s license, flight instructor’s license, instrument flight instructor’s license, and his ratings include multi-engine and sea plane. He has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Technology from Kent State University, where he was an instructor and the director of the Air Force ROTC flight program.

In 1969, he wrote a research paper describing the far-reaching benefits of transmitting weather to airborne aircraft, including the initial steps of implementation. His paper won first place at the American Institute or Aeronautics and Astronautics research forum. His aerospace degree led to employment in the data processing division of IBM, which eventually led to a greater interest in computers and medicine.

Dr. Strahle graduated from Michigan State University with his medical degree in 1981 and is currently president of Regional Medical Imaging in Flint, Michigan, and president of the Breast MRI Institute, also in Flint, one of a few centers in the United States performing fourth-dimensional breast MRI imaging.

Throughout the past 42 years, Dr. Strahle has continued to privately support and nurture the Datalink programs, including nationwide presentations to pilots on the proper inflight interpretation of Datalink NEXRAD radar images

Join in the IMC Club Goshen Chapter discussion at 10 am and then enjoy a free lunch sponsored by New Horizons Aviation at noon.

Sign up on the FAA Site and be eligible to win a drawing for an hour in New Horizons Redbird FMX simulator with one of their instructors.

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