Although the temperatures have been extremely high for a while, tomorrow is the official first day of summer. The day lasts longer, the weather couldn’t get any hotter and the IAF has to be fully prepared: why should pilots be extra careful before landing? And how many soldiers can the CH-53 Sea Stallion carry in the sizzling heat?
Tomorrow will be the longest day of the year and will represent the beginning of the summer. The affects of the hot season don’t only influence people on their everyday lives, but also the IAF and its aircrafts. One of the obstacles that the IAF has to deal with is the runway that becomes extremely hot during summer. “The strong sun directly affect the runway”, explains Major Gil Sherman, commander of the forecast Division. “When a combat airplane reaches the landing strip in such great speed while the lane is steaming, the wheels can explode”.
In addition to the blazing sun on top of the pilot’s headgears, the hot air affects the aircrafts. “The hot air has an influence on the cargo abilities of the airplanes”, says Major Gil. “Hot air is very thin more so, the amount of fuel or cargo you can load on to the helicopter changes. You have to recalculate all the amounts and load less weight than you usually would”.
Hotter, but more convenient
Regardless of all the dangers that accompany the hot season, the hot weather of the summer is considered more convenient than other season of the year: the weather doesn’t change and can be easy to predict in comparison to the limiting winter and other transitional seasons. “The season is characterized with very high temperatures with rare heat waves”, says Major Gil. “Usually the summer temperature spectrum is characterized by a straight line: there aren’t many changes or abnormalities like strong winds, mist, or sand storms. Also, the clearness during the day is generally good, without extreme occurrences. That’s why we face fewer dilemmas regarding the weather.