IATA has launched Turbulence Aware, a data
resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes
Turbulence Aware is designed to augment an airline’s
ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing
(in real time) turbulence data generated by participating
Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and
weather advisories to mitigate the impact of turbulence on their
operations. These tools, while effective, have limitations due to
the fragmentation of the data sources, inconsistencies in the
level and quality of information available, and the locational
imprecision and the subjectivity of the observations.
there is no standardized scale for the severity of turbulence that
a pilot may report other than a light, moderate or severe scale,
which becomes very subjective among different-sized aircraft and
Turbulence Aware improves on the
industry’s capabilities by collecting data from multiple
contributing airlines, followed by a rigorous quality control.
Then the data is consolidated into a single, anonymized, objective
source database which is accessible to participants.
Aware data is turned into actionable information when fed into an
airline’s dispatch or airborne alerting systems. The result is a global, real-time, detailed and objective information for
pilots and operations professionals to manage 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. 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 improvement for passengers, whose journeys will be even safer
and more comfortable,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director
General and CEO.
is already generating significant interest among airlines. Delta
Air Lines, United Airlines and Aer Lingus have signed contracts;
Delta is already contributing their data to the program.
“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 Aware 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-over-year,” said Jim Graham, Delta’s Senior Vice President of
The first operational version of the
platform will be developed by end of 2018. Operational trials will
run throughout 2019, with ongoing feedback collection from
participating airlines. The final product will be launched in