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Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby dselder1962 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:59 am

Has anyone done the Garmin weather radar course? I am new to weather radar and have read the instruction manual several times but just want to know all the nuances of it to get the best out of it.
I see Garmin has an online course for about $200 AUD.
Has anyone done it or heard any reviews?
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Re: Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby ultraturtle » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:36 pm

Haven't done anything other than read Chapter 6.4 of the Garmin G1000 Pilot’s Guide for the Diamond DA42NG, but I can tell you that it is both comprehensive and concise. The recommended initial tilt setup technique (paint ground returns at a range of your AGL altitude divided by 1,000, then add 6 degrees) works great. Used it all summer in Southeast USA, dodging lots of Cumulo-Boomulo.

Altitude compensating tilt works really well, by the way. Lowers workload not only during descent and approach, but during climbout, as it remembers my last tilt setting. As a matter of fact, I seldom need to adjust tilt at all.
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Re: Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby dselder1962 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:56 pm

Rob
Thanks. I have read the relevant chapter several times. It is as you say concise and very good. I therefore was wondering what else would be in the online course for $200. :scratch:
Other aviation websites have recommendations on “doing a class”, so I was intrigued as to what else there is to know. I want to know what I don’t know. :)
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Re: Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby jb642DA » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:04 pm

Hi David -

I could not find the GWX 68 or 70 (GWX70 in your plane?) manuals online to look at so I'll add this caveat - refer to your manual for specifics of operation.

With that in mind, here are a couple of videos I've found to help you with "WX radar" learning! These are for specific systems, but have good "generic" radar usage techniques throughout the videos - I've scanned through the videos and marked some relevant points on them.

Honeywell RDR2000/2100 video
https://youtu.be/O4UxlOBvTkI
13:55 rainfall gradients and storm shape examples
16:00 radar attenuation and shadows
23:45 Weather avoidance -Tilt and range management
36:35 "Useful Weather evaluation and avoidance techniques"
37:40 "embedded thunderstorms" and tilt control
39:30 "Operation Guidelines for a typical flight"
Use the recommended settings from your Garmin manual

Bendix Arinc 700 Pilot training video -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmRYNIghm9M
10:40 basic "how to use weather radar"
13:40 "radar attenuation and radar shadows"
(This video seems very similar to the Honeywell video)

In about 6 months, I'll know more about the GWX70 - until then, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of our DA62!

Please let me know if you find these videos helpful.....

John
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Re: Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby Paul » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:28 pm

I have not done the Garmin course. I have taken Eric Eliel's course. He's an amazing resource. http://www.rtiradar.com/about/about_eric.html I highly recommend him. I've had two planes with the GWX68 and now fly with the 70. The 70 is a really nice improvement.
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Re: Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby dselder1962 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:00 am

Paul and John
Thanks for the suggestions. I now have something to do with my Sunday afternoon!
I did the Garmin course and it certainly gives more detail than the manual. Certainly learned some new points.
I will go off and have a look at the videos and report back.
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Re: Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby dselder1962 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:32 pm

The videos were great. I really learned a lot. Looking at these gives a lot of knowledge while the Garmin course puts it into one specific platform. If I’d seen the videos I might have saved myself $200! :lol:
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Re: Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby jb642DA » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:39 pm

Thanks for the update David!

Did the Garmin course have as much about "radar interpretation" as the "free" videos?
I think learning to "interpret" the different radar pictures is something very had to learn by "experience".
I'm glad to hear you consider the videos worthwhile!

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Re: Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby dselder1962 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:09 pm

John
The Garmin course does have quite a lot on interpretation as well. They run a scenario as well, taking you step by step, though it was less useful to me as it also covers NEXRAD which we don’t have in Australia.
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Re: Weather radar and Garmin online course

Postby jb642DA » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:31 am

Thanks David!

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