What if all planes in the sky could send info about the weather around them to the ground in real time? Better yet, what if someone on the ground with a finely tuned super computer could crunch all of that weather data, cracking the code to predict turbulence before it’s too late, in time to avoid it? Thanks to a really cool new collaboration between IBM’s “The Weather Company” and in flight internet provider GoGo, you may never experience a bumpy ride ever again…

Thanks to GoGo’s inflight internet, planes can now live stream vital weather data to IBM’s β€œThe Weather Company”, which can then instantly analyze the data from planes using its super computer weather algorithms to predict safe flight paths. Not only can the system predict weather for future flights, the advanced system can then immediately beam the info back up to pilots with instructions, maps and advice to avoid troubled areas. With any luck, this will signal the last time a gin and tonic ends up in your lap, at least due to weather…

Other than the obvious benefits found in no longer having your in flight meals and beverages become part of your outfit, these advanced weather avoidance systems will save airlines up to $100,000,000 per year, avoiding crew and passenger injuries, aircraft damage and diversions. More on time planes, less issues, better travel. 

Though no one has yet managed to control the weather, it’s exciting to imagine a future where the growingly extreme conditions play less of a factor in flight safety, on time performance and of course, a good nights sleep on the plane.