Climate change and Global warming set to make flying more turbulent

Air turbulence has always been a nightmare for pilots, whether it is experienced while taking off or landing or even mid-air. Just a day ago, on August 3rd, 2016 two aircrafts missed a mid-air collision by a whisker, because one of the aircrafts climbed 300 feet to avoid turbulent air, and the other aircraft crossed it. There have been instances where there have even been crashes due to air turbulence while landing.

The UN air travel agency has now warned that this issue could only become worse with time, due to Global Warming and climate change. All aircrafts rely on the air flow around it to fly and due to global warming, the air near the airports is becoming hotter and thinner by the day, increasing the chances of turbulence. Climate change also poses the risk of formation of ice on the mechanisms in the wings and tail while flying.

The ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) also has warned that low lying airports face a threat due to rising sea levels while, increase in clouds also is set to reduce visibility especially in West Asia and Latin America. The Environmental report of 2016 by ICAO stated that preparation for a warmer world should start now.


“Climate Change poses a new set of risks that airports need to assess properly. The last decades have provided a glimpse of the future climate, but the main effects will be more evident three or four decades from now”

-ICAO environmental report, 2016.

The aviation Industry has been criticised many times before by environmentalists all over, since it is a well-known fact that Civil Aviation is a major contributor to greenhouse gases. As a result of all this, the only way forward seems like, twin-engined aircraft with larger seating capacity, instead of the quad-engined aircraft in use today, and the manufacturers have already understood this change in trend, as Boeing has the 787 Dreamliner and Airbus has the recently launched A-350.


Image Credits – Airlinernet, Google Images.



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