Rod Machado’s “Radar Imagery Explained”

Rod Machado's "Radar Imagery Explained"

A New Online Program That Helps You Make Better Weather Decisions!

In this program, Rod teaches you:

  • Common errors with cockpit uplinked weather
  • Accurate gust and turbulence probability prediction
  • Why 40 dBZs of reflectivity is so critical to pilots
  • How to use rainfall rates to avoid turbulence
  • Interpreting the wide variety of NEXRAD colors
  • Limitations of uplinked RADAR that you must know
  • The weather ATC sees, and how to request it
  • A simple rule of thumb that can save your life

Must have knowledge for IFR (and VFR) pilots!

This Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words, If You Know How To Read It Properly

Most pilots flying in solid instrument meteorological conditions use uplinked radar imagery to help them navigate around convective weather. This requires a detailed knowledge of radar images and skill to interpret them properly.

In this program, you’ll find a no-nonsense discussion on cockpit weather. You’ll learn what the color codes on your uplinked weather display actually mean. If you’re an IFR pilot, this knowledge is indispensable for flying safely.

If you’re a pilot who only flies in visual meteorological conditions, you still need to know how to circumnavigate serious convective weather. This is a course that all pilots will find useful.

As with all of Rod Machado’s interactive eLearning courses, you’ll laugh and learn throughout this program.

How Do You Make a Dry Topic Interesting? Bite-Sized Video Lessons and Humour Help

This program is organized into modules containing short, bite-sized video lessons (2-5 minutes each) and an optional quiz at the end of each section. The videos are packed with weather graphics and helpful illustrations, and the quizzes provide instant feedback to help you understand the material.

In typical Rod style, he keeps the videos light and fun, which you will appreciate when tackling serious topics like weather and cockpit technology.


Video Course Outline

In total, Rod delivers 44 weather training videos and 9 knowledge building quizzes. They are organized into a logical structure and the player allows you to pick back up where you left off.

1.1 Introduction
1.2 What’s This About?

2. Radar – The Essentials
2.1 Predicting Gusts
2.2 Radar and Reality
2.3 Radar Reflectivity
2.4 Turbulence Probability
2.5 Airborne Radar Calibration
2.6 Level 1 Radar Returns
2.7 Level 1 Operations
2.8 Level 1 & 2 Returns
2.9 Level 2 & 3 Returns
2.10 Quiz

3. Better Understanding of
3.1 Radar Summary Chart
3.2 Rainfall Rates and Clouds
3.3 Extra Credit: Rainfall Rates
3.4 Stratus or Cumulus Clouds?
3.5 Quiz

4. NEXRAD Imagery
4.1 What is NEXRAD?
4.2 NEXRAD Modes
4.3 NEXRAD Image Selections
4.4 NEXRAD Color Codes
4.5 Extra Credit: NEXRAD
4.6 NEXRAD Deception
4.7 Quiz

5. Cockpit Uplinked Weather
5.1 Uplinked Weather
5.2 Storms & Sferics
5.3 Extra Credit: WX Providers
5.4 Quiz

6. Radar and Wavelength
6.1 Wavelength
6.2 Quiz

7. ATC Radar Weather Info
7.1 ARTCC Weather Radar Info
7.2 Using WARP
7.3 Quiz

8. Approach Control Radar
8.1 ASR and ARSR
8.2 ASR-9 Radar Weather
8.3 Radar Return Levels
8.4 Weather Info From ASR-9
8.5 Extra Credit
8.6 Discrete & Sum Settings
8.7 Avoidance Distance
8.8 What You’ve Learned
8.9 Temperature Inversions
8.10 Quiz

9. ATC’s Newest Weather Tools
9.1 ASR-11
9.2 Quiz

10. BONUS – Your Airframe’s┬áStress Envelope
10.1 Intro to V-g Diagram
10.2 Your Airplane’s V-g Diagram
10.3 The Positive G Limit
10.4 The Negative G Limit
10.5 The Maximum Speed Limit
10.6 The Stall Speed Slide
10.7 Gust Loading
10.8 Quiz

Watch This 3-Minute Sample Video:

Sorry, Radar Imagery Explained is no longer available from PilotWorkshops but you can get it at Rod Machado’s site.