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New products featured at NBAA-BACE 2021

Each year, the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) delivers an opportunity for business aviation companies to announce and unveil new products. Skies caught up with six companies at the 2021 show in Las Vegas, Nevada, who have launched new products in the past year. From turbulence prediction to flight tracking, flight deck upgrades and upgraded fuel systems, this year’s lineup of innovative business aviation technology didn’t disappoint.

SmartSky’s SmoothSky

SmartSky Networks’ SmoothSky is a turbulence predictor powered by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Turbulence Aware program, essentially making it the Waze of the skies. The turbulence avoidance program identifies and gives notice of impending turbulence, similar to how Waze alerts drivers of potholes.

Described as “the smart choice for global, real-time turbulence data,” the program uses “live crowdsourced aircraft-generated data” instead of pilot perception to effectively predict and warn of violent or unsteady movement in the air.

SmoothSky collects turbulence data which is then consolidated through the IATA Turbulence Aware platform. As a result, the pilot receives “turbulence data points” immediately through SmoothSky. According to the company, the advance notice of turbulence lowers costs by avoiding likely maintenance due to damage to the aircraft (also reducing insurance costs), saves fuel, and decreases crew safety hazards caused by violent turbulence.

Brit Wanick, vice president of digital solutions at SmartSky, told Skies that the company offers its turbulence solution “via web application as well as software applications and services, that can be integrated into your flight deck.”