DTN Releases Major Enhancement to Flight Hazards Forecast Model

Nine additional flight levels, across all aviation products, provide 70% more coverage for turbulence avoidance

Today, DTN, a leading provider of meteorological insights, announced a major enhancement to their patented global flight hazards forecasts. The enhancement ensures airlines and corporate flight departments have the most critical insights available to improve flight safety, reduce the risk of aircraft damage, and optimize fuel and operations costs.

In this upgrade, DTN has added nine new flight level layers to the 13 already available across DTN’s AviationSentry, Flight Route Alerting, and data delivery platforms. The upgrade ensures customers have visibility to potential hazards across all major flight cruising levels, including those from FL320 to FL410.

“DTN has invested in years of research with some of the top scientists in the aviation weather community to develop world-class turbulence forecasting and bring solutions and insights directly to pilots, flight operations managers, and flight planners,” said Jon Reifschneider, DTN senior vice president. “These new flight levels bring even more precision and accuracy to DTN’s flight hazards forecasts and our customers, helping them make routing decisions that improve safety and lower costs.”

DTN’s flight hazard forecast model provides flight operations with the most accurate advance warning of areas that may contain turbulence, icing or thunderstorms, all of which pose significant risks for aircraft, crews and passengers. To mitigate this risk, DTN uses Eddy Dissipation Rate. The EDR-based global turbulence modeling integrates the four types of turbulence – mountain wave, boundary layer, convective and clear air – into a single, consensus forecast – to arrive at a high-definition, quantitative turbulence forecast. Flight planners, dispatchers, and trackers relying upon these integrated and streamlined forecasts can quickly identify turbulence threatening their flights.