posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 12:46 PM
reply to post by CloudySkye
Well....I hate to speculate this early -- and despite what our Kiwi 'friend' sy had to say....I just will not subscribe to his opinion of
"laziness" or lack of attention on the part of the crew. We all have a wish to stay alive, and the weather would certainly have their attention.
"Picking" your way between the larger cells is common. Choosing how closely to approach any on either side....judgement call.
I don't know what 'sy' flies (his avatar may be a clue...)
I'll tell you, though....my experience was, on long-haul Int'l trips, it would sometimes, depending on Cabin Crew, be as long as three to four hours
before the pilots would be served their meals. SO, they wouldn't have been asleep. AND, trying to find the smoothest ride possible is always a
goal, for everyone's comfort.
There was a 'talking head' on CNN today who mentioned that storms seen forming in the Equatorial regions don't tend to form as much lightning, not
to the extent that you see other places. This is, of course, just a generalization -- there are always exceptions. And, lightning can even occur
miles away from the most violent portion of the cell....
And, modern airliners are very well protected when it comes to lightning strikes. Damage occurs usually light burn marks at entry, and sometimes more
substantial, but minor damage at exit. Numerous static discharge wicks abound, intent is to dissipate as much as possible.