With the arrival of summer and convective weather air traffic controllers have to separate aircraft in the chaos resulting from aircraft deviating around weather.
Normally aircraft are all on filed routes, so controllers know exactly where they’re going. They keep the airplanes apart based on those routings.
Once aircraft start turning off course to avoid cells of weather, the controllers’ task of keeping all the airplanes apart becomes much more complex. When aircraft are deviating for weather controllers no longer know exactly where the aircraft are going. Pilot requests to deviate and for turbulence reports also increase the controllers’ workload dramatically.
A sector that can handle a certain number of aircraft safely and efficiently under normal conditions can only handle …Read more