Dhaka: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is launching a data resource platform called Turbulence Aware for airlines to share turbulence data instantly enhancing safety and optimizing fuel consumption.
Due to this, airlines now can avoid turbulence while planning routes tactically in flight. It is done by pooling and sharing (in real time) detailed turbulence data generated by participating airlines increasing an airline’s potential to forecast and avoid turbulence.
Today airlines depend on pilot reports and weather advisories to lessen the impact of turbulence on their operations. These tools are effective but have limitations.
“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. In the case of Turbulence Aware, the more precise forecasting of turbulence will provide a real improvement for passengers, whose journeys will be even safer and more comfortable,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA.
The platform is already producing noteworthy interest among airlines. Contracts have already been signed by Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Aer Lingus; Delta is already contributing their data to the program. Operational trials will run throughout 2019, with ongoing feedback collection from participating airlines. The final product will be launched in early 2020.