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Galactic cosmic-ray-induced secondary particles in the atmosphere constitute an important source of radiation exposure to airline crews and passengers. In this study, a systematic dose assessment was conducted for 11 popular flights from Taiwan, with an emphasis on the effects of flight route variation and assumption. The case studies covered a broad range of commercial flights departing from Taipei, from a domestic flight of <1 h to a long-haul international flight of more than 14 h. For each route under study, information on 100 actual flight routes was retrieved from flight tracking data collected from June to September 2017, and the information was analyzed using a self-developed program called the 'NTHU Flight Dose Calculator'. The resulting distribution of route doses provided not only the mean value and associated standard deviation but also information on the characteristics of aviation dose assessment and management. Furthermore, compared with actual flight routes, the dose differences introduced by great-circle approximation were evaluated, and the effects of solar activity on the dose assessment of these flights were reported.


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Name: Radiation protection dosimetry
ISSN: 1742-3406


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