Space Weather: Effects on Aviation.
Space weather - solar activity and solar wind in the magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere - can affect space- and ground-based technology’s performance and reliability
The sun goes through a periodic rise and fall in activity and solar cycles vary in length from 9 to 14 years. Solar maximum is that period in the cycle when solar activity is at its height. Recent forecasts predict that the next solar maximum could take place in the second half of 2013.
Disturbed ionosphere currents during geomagnetic storms can cause considerable communication and navigation problems for aviation, but there are measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of infrastructure failure caused by geomagnetic disturbances.
Workshop on space weather
These measures will be examined at a workshop called “Space Weather: effects on aviation – building a proportionate response in Europe” on 20 March 2013 in Cologne (Köln). There, specialists with an international reputation in the domain will also identify priorities; share knowledge; promote cooperation and harmonisation.
This workshop, jointly organised by EUROCONTROL and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), aims to help aviation manage the safety risk; increase awareness of the effects and elaborate on possible mitigation actions.