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1 Presented to: By: Date: Federal Aviation Administration Progress in Turbulence Information FPAW Segment One Information Provider Panel Friends/Partners in Aviation Weather Dave Pace, FAA Aviation Weather September 27, 2007

2 2 Federal Aviation Administration Progress in Turbulence Information September 27, 2007 Three Weeks Ago Today WestJet Flight 80 from Calgary to Halifax –Turbulence encounter at FL390 –Pilot gave warning of turbulence but those waiting for washroom did not have time to return to seats –Abruptly dropped 1100 feet –Passengers hit ceiling and other passengers –Three hospitalized (taken off by food service boom truck), one with severe cuts to legs and head –Six more treated for minor injuries at airport

3 3 Federal Aviation Administration Progress in Turbulence Information September 27, 2007 Safety/Cost Motivations Turbulence is a significant safety issue –CAST analysis ( ) of NTSB “accident” data –~70% of weather related injuries –3 fatalities,176 serious, 544 minor injuries –Independent MCR Federal study of NTSB data –665 cited turbulence as a cause or factor –1,438 injuries –609 fatalities (mainly GA) –Cost to airlines ~ $30M-$60M/year –Costs incl. GA and air taxi ~ $185M/year Contributes to public perception that air travel is unsafe –Severe encounters (PIREPS) ~ 5,500/year –Actual numbers probably much higher… Also a capacity issue –Pilots seek FL for smooth ride

4 4 Federal Aviation Administration Progress in Turbulence Information September 27, 2007 Provider panel –Steve Velotas, AeroTech Research, Inc. Turbulence radar Turbulence auto PIREPs –Larry Cornman, NCAR Turbulence research update –Marc Singer, NWS AWC GTG-2 status Web PIREPS –Sandra Schmidt, FAA In-Situ reporting


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