Lightning Impacts on Terminal and National Airspace Operations
Lightning-induced ramp closures and associated delays are common to aviation operations, especially during the spring and summer seasons when convective storms are prevalent. However, today's human-centric operations exhibit potential inefficiencies that might at least in part be avoidable with better guidance and a shared situational awareness. The presentation will show examples of observed lightning impacts on airports, cumulative delays propagating throughout the national airspace, and discuss opportunities for mitigating some of these impacts.
This research is supported by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the FAA.