Fear of Fly­ing


India Strategic - - INDUSTRY - By Nick May­nard – The Au­thor is Mar­ket­ing Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Honey­well Aerospace.

IHAVE NEVER been par­tic­u­larly afraid of fly­ing. Don’t get me wrong, sit­ting for seven or more hours in an econ­omy class seat is hardly my idea of fun, how­ever at least I don’t have to dwell on the phys­i­cal or the­o­log­i­cal ar­gu­ments as to whether man should be able to fly!

This con­fi­dence is no doubt borne from my be­lief in the ex­per­tise and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of air­lines, their pi­lots and en­gi­neers to op­er­ate a safe flight. How­ever, most of all I have faith in the air­craft them­selves. That con­fi­dence has only in­creased since I have worked at Honey­well and have a much greater un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the in­cred­i­ble tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions Honey­well has de­vel­oped to make fly­ing both safer and more en­joy­able.

So why do I hate tur­bu­lence so much? Why am I filled with a sense of dread at the slight­est bump, break into cold sweat at the sight of the seat belt sign il­lu­mi­nat­ing and curse the pi­lot for not nav­i­gat­ing around the in­vis­i­ble pock­ets of ris­ing hot air as if he were Su­per­man?

And though I draw lit­tle com­fort from the fact, I am not alone. Re­cent sur­veys have found that a fear of tur­bu­lence is com­mon amongst both pas­sen­gers and crew! Air­lines are not par­tic­u­larly fond of ex­treme weather ei­ther. Such weather is more than a mi­nor in­con­ve­nience to air­lines with tur­bu­lence in­ci­dents cost­ing the air­line in­dus­try more than $100 mil­lion a year. In fact, weather de­lays ac­count for more than 52 per cent of flight de­lays and cost the US econ­omy as much as $18 bil­lion a year in lost time and pro­duc­tiv­ity. On a more hu­man level there were nearly 400 tur­bu­lence-re­lated pas­sen­ger in­juries in the UK be­tween 2009 and 2013!

For­tu­nately, and once again thanks to Honey­well, tur­bu­lence re­lated in­ci­dents and in­juries could be a thing of the past. The In­tuVue fam­ily of ad­vanced 3D weather radar sys­tems uses the lat­est tech­nolo­gies to pro­vide pi­lots with un­prece­dented view of the weather around them. In­tuVue’s in­no­va­tions in­clude the use of vol­u­met­ric 3D scan­ning and pulse com­pres­sion tech­nolo­gies that pro­vide vastly im­proved weather de­tec­tion and unique pre­dic­tive hazard warn­ings for light­ning, hail, wind­s­hear and tur­bu­lence. Un­like con­ven­tional 2D radars, the In­tuVue radar gives pi­lots the whole pic­ture.

By rapidly and au­to­mat­i­cally scan­ning 160 de­grees in front of the

air­craft at many tilt angles, the sys­tem cap­tures weather data ver­ti­cally from 0 to 60,000 feet and ahead up to 320 nau­ti­cal miles. In­tuVue radars pro­vide a clear view of weather con­di­tions and po­ten­tial haz­ards along and in the vicin­ity of the flight path.

Only In­tuVue pro­vides ad­vanced weather de­tec­tion through all stages of flight – from taxi to take-off and through­out the en­tire jour­ney - even through to ap­proach and land­ing. The first all- new radar con­cept in more than 30 years, In­tuVue pro­vides pi­lots with an un­par­al­leled pic­ture of the weather in front of, be­low and even be­hind the air­craft.

Thanks to Honey­well and In­tuVue those nasty lit­tle bumps in the flight might just be a thing of the past.

In­tuVue ad­vanced 3D weather radar sys­tem

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