When it comes to aviation, knowledge is power. The aviation community relies heavily upon weather reports to ensure that flights are safe and make important decisions about their flights. Two of the most commonly used weather reports are METARs and TAFs.
There are different types of turbulence, but clear air turbulence or CAT is especially hazardous for pilots, crew, and passengers. One telling statistic is that turbulence incidents account for more than 70 percent of all weather-related incidents that can cause damage and injury.
It is almost 120 years since the Wright brothers achieved the first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight. Aviation technology has made many incredible advances in that time. However, despite all that progress, there continue to be problems that make the experience of flying less than comfortable at times for airline personnel and travelers alike.