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Weather Cynicism 101

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    1 Ed MacDonald is lead pilot for PHI Air Medical in Santa Fe, NM, Co-chairman of the AAMS/CORE Safety Committee, Chairman of the Air Medical Safety Advisory Council, and safety representative for the National EMS Pilots Association.
    Ed MacDonald
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    1 Ed MacDonald is lead pilot for PHI Air Medical in Santa Fe, NM, Co-chairman of the AAMS/CORE Safety Committee, Chairman of the Air Medical Safety Advisory Council, and safety representative for the National EMS Pilots Association.
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    1 Ed MacDonald is lead pilot for PHI Air Medical in Santa Fe, NM, Co-chairman of the AAMS/CORE Safety Committee, Chairman of the Air Medical Safety Advisory Council, and safety representative for the National EMS Pilots Association.
      Almost 39 years ago, after approximately 9 months of intense helicopter pilot training that included some serious and comprehensive weather interpretation, forecasting, and planning, I ended up as a pilot testing those skills, among many others, in a hostile environment called Vietnam. Within a few months it became crystal clear to me that weather was every bit as hazardous to our survival as the enemy. Almost all of the real hazardous elements were there, from monsoon torrents, scathing winds, and pea-soup fog. On one occasion I even saw snow on some tropical peaks.
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