TACK­LING TUR­BU­LENCE

The data re­source will en­able air­lines to bet­ter avoid tur­bu­lence when plan­ning routes in flight and will as­sist in im­prov­ing the ‘qual­ity’ of ex­ist­ing data

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In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion un­veils new plat­form for shar­ing tur­bu­lence data be­tween air­lines

Dur­ing its an­nual Global Me­dia Day 2018, the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) un­veiled its Tur­bu­lence Aware data re­source. The new plat­form is de­signed to as­sist air­lines in bet­ter avoid­ing tur­bu­lence when plan­ning routes dur­ing flight.

By pool­ing and shar­ing tur­bu­lence data in real time, the plat­form en­hances an air­line’s abil­ity to fore­cast and avoid tur­bu­lence.

“Tur­bu­lence Aware is a great ex­am­ple of the po­ten­tial for dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion in the air­line in­dus­try. The air­line in­dus­try has al­ways co­op­er­ated on safety—its num­ber one pri­or­ity,” said Alexan­dre de Ju­niac, IATA’s di­rec­tor gen­eral and CEO.

“Big Data is now tur­bocharg­ing what we can achieve. In the case of Tur­bu­lence Aware, the more pre­cise fore­cast­ing of tur­bu­lence will pro­vide a real im­prove- ment for pas­sen­gers, whose jour­neys will be even safer and more com­fort­able.”

In the cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment, air­lines rely on pi­lot re­ports and weather ad­vi­sories to plan routes and mit­i­gate the im­pact of tur­bu­lence. While ef­fec­tive, the cur­rent ap­proach does have its lim­i­ta­tions as the data utilised is of­ten frag­men­tated and ranges in terms of the qual­ity of the in­for­ma­tion. IATA also noted that the stan­dard­ised scale for the sever­ity of tur­bu­lence re­ported can be very sub­jec­tive among dif­fer­ent-sized air­craft and pi­lot ex­pe­ri­ences.

To tackle these is­sues, Tur­bu­lence Aware col­lates data from mul­ti­ple con­tribut­ing air­lines, while at the same time ap­ply­ing rig­or­ous qual­ity con­trol. Once col­lected and con­sol­i­dated, the data is then shared a sin­gle, ob­jec­tive source data­base ac­ces­si­ble to all par­tic­i­pants. That data is then fed di­rectly into an air­line’s dis­patch or air­borne alert­ing sys­tems.

“IATA’s col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to cre­at­ing Tur­bu­lence Aware with open source data means that air­lines will have ac­cess to data to bet­ter mit­i­gate tur­bu­lence. Us­ing Tur­bu­lence Aare in con­junc­tion with Delta’s pro­pri­etary Flight Weather Viewer app is ex­pected to build on the sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions we’ve seen al­ready to both tur­bu­lence-re­lated crew in­juries and car­bon emis­sions year-overyear,” said Jim Gra­ham, Delta’s SVP of Flight Op­er­a­tions.

The first oper­a­tional ver­sion of the plat­form will con­clude its de­vel­op­ment by the end of 2018, which will then see oper­a­tional tri­als run­ning through­out 2019. The fi­nal prod­uct is ex­pected to launch in early-2020.

By pool­ing and shar­ing tur­bu­lence data in real time, the plat­form en­hances an air­line’s abil­ity to fore­cast and avoid tur­bu­lence.

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