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Saturday, 30 August 2008 23:51
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What is a microburst?
Weather - Windshears
Written by Capt Lim   
Sunday, 01 March 2009 05:51

Hi Capt Lim,

Your website is so wonderful. May I ask what a microburst is?

Thank you for your reply.


Hi Abigail,

A microburst is very different from a tornado in that it is much localized in nature. It arises from a column of sinking air and producing divergent and straight line winds at the surface of the earth. On the other hand, the sinking air from the tornadoes is generally convergent.

There are two types of microburst: wet and dry microburst. They go through three stages in their life cycle: the outburst, downburst, and cushion stages. The scale and suddenness of a microburst makes it a great danger to aircraft due to the low-level wind shear caused by its gust front, with several fatal crashes attributed to the phenomenon over the past several decades.

Why flight from and to on the same destination varies in flying time?
Weather - General
Written by Capt Lim   
Sunday, 12 September 2010 13:37
Dear Captain Lim

May I know the reason why flight from and to on the same destination varies in flying time.
My husband said that if we follow the turning of the earth the flying time will be the correct time frame and against the turning result in taking longer to reach the destination.

I thought that the longer time to fly because of the head wind whereas if we fly along the tail wind we reach our destination on time.

We are betting. I hope I win

Thank you

Why you cannot fly RVSM with both ADR failure?
Professional Pilots - Technical Questions
Written by Capt Lim   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:00
Dear Captain,

Could you explain, why you can not fly RVSM (reduced vertical separation minimums) with ADR2 or ADR1 inoperative on the Airbus A320? But ADR3 does not affect RVSM. Are they not similar?

What are the diversion airports over the Atlantic?
Flying - Airways
Written by Capt Lim   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 16:48
Hi Capt Lim,

I would be grateful if you could answer a question for me?

My daughter has a severe peanut allergy which requires her to carry epipens. We are flying for the first time since her allergy was diagnosed last year. We will be flying from Gatwick to Orlando on a 9-hour flight.

My concern is what would happen if she were to have a life threatening reaction on board, especially once over the Atlantic. How far away would we be from a diversion airport at any time during the flight? The epipens do not always resolve a reaction fully; just buy time until emergency medical help is received. So length of time to an emergency landing is an important consideration.

Also what is the usual route taken on this flight.

Thanks in advance

(An anxious Mum)

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