The airport in Anchorage is the only airport to be getting the federally sanctioned Juneau Airport Wind System (JAWS), which is advanced turbulence-detection technology. This system will help pilots flying into Anchorage, which is nestled between mountains and with a glacier and channel nearby. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that last year the system helped Alaska Airlines to safely fly more than 800 additional flights.
A prototype of the system has been in operation for more than ten years and it was developed by National Center for Atmospheric Research. It was officially commissioned by the FAA this past summer and will be publicly available for download on smartphones and tablets through the National Weather Service office’s website. The service gives Alaska Airlines pilots alerts and information on wind speed and direction through a messaging system between them and air traffic control.
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