WXR-2004 Thunderstorm Avoidance

Quick Facts


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course is Part of this Program

Course Length
Self-Paced (Must be completed within 6 months)

Course Dates & Locations
Courses are online and can be started anytime.

Your registration will be handled by a secure payment system. Credit card information will not be saved.



This course covers the weather effects and aviation hazards associated with thunderstorms and microbursts. It starts with a detailed explanation of types of thunderstorms, thunderstorm formation and microbursts. The second part of the course focuses on related hazards and techniques (including use of airborne weather radar) for thunderstorm avoidance. The final part of the course is a review of an aircraft accident which occurred in Toronto Canada in 2005 resulting from flight into a thunderstorm.

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced Airline Pilots

Course Objectives

Lesson 1: Thunderstorms and Microbursts

  • Types of Thunderstorms
  • Life Cycle of a Thunderstorm
  • Microbursts
  • Quiz

Lesson 2: Thunderstorm Avoidance

  • Hazards to flight operations that are associated with thunderstorms
  • Some effective techniques (including use of airborne weather radar) for thunderstorm avoidance

Lesson 3: Thunderstorm Accidents

  • Air France 358, an A340 which overran the end of the runway in Toronto, Canada
  • Air France 447, an A330 which crashed in to the Atlantic Ocean

Contact Us

Office of Professional Education, Worldwide Campus
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900

This is a self-guided online course; you will be able to complete this course at your own pace, from wherever you choose.