Aviation Braces For Climate Change’s Effect On Operations

aircraft taking off
Takeoff performance degrades as temperature rises, which may translate into reduced passenger capacity during a heat wave.
Credit: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images
“Takeoff performance calculation will be fun.” This apparently sarcastic comment from a flight dispatcher at a European carrier appeared on Twitter after a weather forecast indicated a severe heat wave in Spain in mid-July. A “heat dome” with record-breaking temperatures also had just hit North...

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