EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space), a consortium with offices all over Europe, the UK, and an office in the United States, says LiDaR (Light Detection and Ranging) radar, using pulses of infrared light, can detect turbulence a few hundred feet ahead of an airplane and react to it automatically. The system would adjust flight controls instantly
to avoid loss of altitude in downdrafts, commonly referred to as air pockets. It will take years to complete research, the aerospace and defense company said. The bottom line is that the system can react in less than one second–the pilot can’t.
Tags: automation, clear air turbulence, research, turbulence