Published On: Fri, May 21st, 2021

San Miguel pilots deny that they disperse clouds to bring rain

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San Miguel de Allende.- Pilots and meteorologists from the aviation school in Querétaro assured that it is currently impossible for a small plane to disperse a rain cloud. They have received threats from farmers who accuse them of avoiding the rain.

Elizur Rosas is the academic director of the Querétaro Flight School, who explained that as a requirement of law, pilots must comply with theory and practice that include 186 flight hours, which are made in the areas of Querétaro and neighboring areas, which they are divided into several routes to Morelia, Aguascalientes, and San Luis Potosí.

“We fly over San Miguel de Allende because to make a route from Querétaro to Morelia, we have to follow an airway that is designed and authorized in the aeronautical charts.” He said that his planes are not designed to fly above 18 thousand feet “that’s why people can see us, we don’t have the capacity to have pressurized cabins and that’s why we can’t go that high.”

He explained that his planes do not get into the clouds, “because very strong turbulence is generated within the cloud. That is not a school procedure. There are bigger planes that do, but we don’t do that, nor do we have the ability to release any type of chemical; What’s more, in the entire Querétaro airport there are not even spray planes ”.

He emphasized that in Mexico there is no technology to disperse the clouds to provoke rain. The aviator explained that the drought has nothing to do with aircraft, but with global warming.

Elizur Rosas confessed that they have even had threats on social networks from people who want to shoot the aircraft so that they no longer pass through their municipalities where they believe they disperse the clouds. “It is a very delicate subject because a shot could hit them and there goes the life of the instructor, the student, and maybe someone else where the plane could fall.”

The pilot regretted that there are candidates who promise to withdraw the planes from the sky.

At the flight school, none of the school’s planes have any system to throw any chemicals into the air. Even when taking a flight, the plane climbed to 8,500 feet and there you feel the turbulence.

The school has the operating permits granted by the Federal Civil Aviation Agency in Mexico for 20 years.

San Miguel Times
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