Weather Safety Aspects in Future Civil Air Navigation

Pravas R. Mahapatra, Dusan S. Zrnic

Abstract: As classical air traffic control functions become more established and routine, hazards to aviation due to unforeseen factors such as weather become more apparent. Better understanding of the weather factor and its hazard potential in aviation has led t o moves for the formalization of weather functions in ATC. The paper outlines aspects of current understanding of weather hazards and the steps being taken as well as those being contemplated to combat the weather factor. The substantial body of theory and experimental data on aviation weather are summarised, including new results obtained from authors' work. This knowledge will help in isolating the more significant among the meteorological phenomena from aviation safety viewpoint. Linkage with futuristic programmes based on advanced radar systems, possibly integrated with satellite data, and the utility of an expert system approach are explored. A case i s made out that even at the current level of understanding, there is substantial scope for improvement in hardware and software for enhancing weather safety. Critical areas where more understanding and research inputs are necessary are identified.
Published in: Proceedings of the 1986 National Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation
January 21 - 23, 1986
Long Beach, CA
Pages: 57 - 64
Cite this article: Mahapatra, Pravas R., Zrnic, Dusan S., "Weather Safety Aspects in Future Civil Air Navigation," Proceedings of the 1986 National Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation, Long Beach, CA, January 1986, pp. 57-64.
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