A little snow doesn't have to ruin a big trip -- flying in winter can be met with deicing and delays.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a six-year reporting sample shows that inclement weather is responsible for nearly 70 percent of all system-impacting delays. Good news -- technology can help pilots anticipate and avoid the worst of it. Here are some details:
Automated guidance for takeoffs and landings
What: An Airfield lighting-based automated guidance system for airport taxiways that helps with the quick and easy flow of ground traffic between the runways and the terminal.
Details: The system indicates the course of the taxiways and facilitate orientation for the pilot, reducing taxiing times. Pilots can identify assigned taxiway quickly even under limited visibility. The balanced utilization of taxiways and the early detection and resolution of conflicts via a lighting-based automated guidance system are significant factors in improving safety and efficiency of airfield operations.
How it gets you there faster: Airfield lighting is increasingly becoming both a safety and capacity enabler. It helps both pilots and passengers. For pilots, this system helps manage rush-hour traffic on the tarmac by guiding aircrafts to the runway and from the gate as quickly as possible. For passengers, it ensures the on-time departure of flights.
What: Our Weather Information Services is a mobile app pilots can use to get real-time weather information.
Details: An easy-to-read map with weather options so a pilot can react in real-time along with a reliable datalink connection to receive trend information from ground and satellite sources, allowing the crew to see weather beyond onboard weather radar.
How it gets you there faster: Better planning increases safety for cabin crew and passengers and improves cabin service and reduces delays at destination.
Radar that looks ahead
What: Our IntuVue® RDR-4000 3D Weather Radar is the world’s only fully automatic radar system, providing accurate weather information up to 320 nautical miles ahead of the airplane.
Details: Pilots enjoy perks of quicker rerouting - longer-range weather hazard detection predicts where the worst convective weather is located within a storm so they can deviate from their flight paths only when necessary, and plot optimal courses through or around foul weather. With intuitive displays, they can easily see predicted hail and lightening threats with more than 90 percent accuracy.
How it gets you there faster: By enabling better planning to avoid bad weather, it increases flight safety, having been proven to reduce turbulence-related incidents by more than 45 percent. It also enhances comfort and reduces the time and cost of aircraft inspections and delivers fuel savings.