Clear Air Turbulence: An Airborne Alert System

Science  28 Aug 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4511, pp. 1007-1008
DOI: 10.1126/science.213.4511.1007


An infrared radiometer system has been developed that can alert a pilot of an aircraft 2 to 9 minutes in advance of an encounter with clear air turbulence. The time between the warning and the clear air turbulence event varies with the flight altitude of the aircraft. In turbulence-free areas, the incidence of false alarms is found to be less than one in 3.4 hours of flight time compared to less than one per 10 hours of flight time in areas with turbulence.