87th AMS Annual Meeting

Monday, 15 January 2007: 2:00 PM
Pilot perspective on space weather affects on the future of commercial aviation
210A (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
Michael D. Holland, American Airlines, Double Oak, TX
Space weather impacts several facets of aviation. Among the direct airborne effects are communication, navigation and human exposure. Changes being implemented will have additive impacts due to, aircraft composition, flight control system design, dependency on computers, onboard weather displays, higher latitude flying, increases in altitude, congestion, frequency of travel, flight duration and new routes. I will address several of these issues, primarily as they relate to the resources a pilot will use in making decisions affecting passenger safety and safety of flight. Topics will include exposure regulation, exposure avoidance, information resources available and needed improvements, design vulnerability, and aircraft system impacts.

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