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Delta Pilots Are Using a New App to Help Spot and Avoid Turbulence

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It’s also helping the airline to save on fuel costs. Delta has made a big step forward in improving its technology with a new turbulence tracker that is helping to reduce its carbon footprint and give customers a smoother ride. (fortune.com) Ещё...

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LandSpeedRacer98
LandSpeedRacer98 1
Is it called the 'Light Chop Meter'? Lol. They always report light chop even when every other airline says its smooth.
PSUAth
Supercool Marmol 1
How much room do commercial pilots have to adjust their flight path?
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 1
a Keep a lookout on the FA air traffic site showig the USA map and when there is significant weather on the route you can see commercial flights adjusting their flight plan routing to circumnavigate it. This becomes a little more difficult on oceanic routes, where in previous years Maybe the only option left would be to seat everyone down, slow to rough air manuevering speed and ride it out. Even then due to cruise speed restrictions it required ATC approval.
canuck44
canuck44 3
There are multiple factors in the etiology of DVT. Lower leg stasis is one but not the only one. A second one is the seat edge compromising venous return where the legs turn downward...wiggling toes etc help but does not overcome that issue. Dehydration is another and passengers should take the water offered at least hourly...and then get up to the washroom to void and move your body fluids around. Proper compression socks like "Medipeds" are most helpful and inexpensive...I wear them on most flights. Certain medications like Birth control pills may increase the individual's risk. Aspirin has been touted as preventive but there are mixed reports on its effectiveness...I take it.
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 3
Raise your hand if you remember what was indicated by those shear value numbers on your computerized flight plan! And oh yeah, the sigwx prog charts that most ignore. I think if you want to lower the in flight injuries, sit them the F&@k down and lock 'em in! I Cringe everytime I observe some idiot standing in the aisle, just for the sake of standing oblivious that he or she are inside an alumuium tube travelling 535 mph. Pretty soon we will have to treat them like the 10 year olds at Disney, lower the bar and that's where you stay. Kidding of course.
dctwooze
Latimer Taylor 1
(Hand raised)Gave a shear value at each point on the long plan. Useful but was removed after new guys were confused about the purpose of data.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Besides myself, I've only ever seen one other person use those charts...
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
I agree that passengers should be sitting down and be buckled in, and that's what I do. But every two hours or so I must get up for a little walk, otherwise I might get a deep-vein thrombosis, especially now that passengers are given less and less space in their seats.

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wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
I do that also, but there is very little wiggle room in many modern aircraft, mostly due to "optimized" seating ordered by the airlines. Just look at the beautiful from the outside Dreamliner, where the 9 across seating that most airlines chose, plus the tight seat pitch, make this a very uncomfortable aircraft for the long flights it was designed for, even with all the other bells and whistles like better air and less noise.
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 1
Interesting, are you prone to or ever had that issue or is it preventative measure. Just wondering, no offense intended. I myself at just over 6' would typically move around from time to time for three to five minutes on a 10 hour flight, but as a crew member not passenger. Moving around even to the washroom just to wash your hands gets the circulation going, but I Was referring to the passenger that just stands up in the aisle, in the way of the inflight trying to do their job and basically being a pain in the ass. He's the guy that gets bounced off the ceiling in CAT and then blames the airline.

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THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
That's what I do, lift and lower in place...
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
I have a blood factor called Leiden 5, and although I take medication I still need to be careful, especially on longer flights. My legs can get swollen very easily. No offence taken!
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 1
Wolfgang, thanks for answering, appreciate it.
frank1711
frank1711 3
Delta's infographic about turbulence - http://news.delta.com/delta-talks-turbulence

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