Patent for Experimental Aviation Safety Product

November 13, 2018

ACM member Gary Ellrod was included as a co-inventor on a patent for a technique to identify possible severe aircraft turbulence well downstream from thunderstorms (>30km). The patent (#US9564055B2) was granted 7 February 2016 with a priority date of 15 June 2015. The technique uses satellite InfraRed (IR) imagery, global real-time lightning data, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Isentropic Trajectory (HYSPLIT) model, along with projected aircraft routes on long-haul flights.