Operational decisions were based purely on subjective and personal assessments within the scope of individual airline policies, and upon limited information and understanding of Solar and Space activity. Even State guidance on aircrew exposure to cosmic radiation was poor, contradictory, and unclear. Therefore, there is a real need for clear, timely and understandable aviation-specific Space Weather warnings, alerts and information.
SolarMetrics presents a brief overview of how, using it's Solar Modulation of Atmospheric Radiation Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) model and systems, it will be possible for airlines to make informed operational decisions rather than taking overly conservative precautions; decisions to reroute or fly below optimum during the Halloween Storms due to the perceived radiation hazard were unnecessary and expensive due to the increased fuel costs, loss of cargo and diversions.