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Airborne Weather Radar

Collins solid-state weather radar

Figure 1: Collins solid-state weather radar

Airborne Weather Radar

It is common that the majority of commercial aircraft nowadays carry an Airborne Weather Radar system that is most often built into the aircraft nose. Airborne Weather Radar provides the pilot with a local (ahead only) weather picture in the cockpit and allows him to identify and avoid specific, undesirable weather formations. A maximum range of 180 Nm is common although the commonly used range (as selected by pilots) would normally be in the 30 to 80 Nm range.