Author: James Luehrs

Weather Operational Readiness for Drone as First Responder (DFR) Missions

Incorporating weather strategies in drone operations can enhance operational readiness by using real-time updates, automated alerts, micro-weather analysis, contingency plans, and weather data interpretation training.

Weathering the Storm: UTM Strategies for Adverse Weather Conditions

Image Source: https:  unmannedsystemstechnology.com Adverse weather events, such as strong wind, precipitation, and visibility, present unique challenges for Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) operations. It takes highly proactive measures and contingency plans implemented by the UTM providers to ensure continuous service and safety. Some innovative technologies and strategies can be employed by UTM services to mitigate…
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Winter’s Warm Embrace: The El Niño Effect

As the winter season approaches, meteorologists consistently encounter a similar set of questions each year: How cold will it be? When will it snow? How much snow will there be? This winter is a moderate/strong El Niño and lasts into spring. But what does that mean? What is El Niño? El Niño refers to part…
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A New Weather Standard for Uncrewed and eVTOL Operations: The Foundation for the Future of Aviation Weather

Key Take Aways: The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) F38 Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) addresses issues related to design, performance, quality acceptance tests, and safety monitoring for unmanned air vehicle systems. The ASTM F38 Weather Group charter was formed to define minimum performance-based standards for Weather Information Provider (WIP) data and…
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What is ‘Microweather’?

Key Take-Aways: The scale of microweather is known as 1 km x 1 km. Microweather requires extensive computing power and more detailed granular observations to produce reliable information. Ground-based sensors allow real-time verification of the forecast data and enhance the accuracy of the modeled forecast over time. In short, the sensors are the glue that…
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North Carolina Taking Aviation Forecasting to a New Level, the Low-Altitude Airspace

Key Take-Aways: North Carolina study assessed low-altitude weather phenomena by using ground-based sensors to capture real-time weather data critical for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The assessment’s results provide critical information for infrastructure, flight routes, and ground operations planning considerations across North Carolina to enable AAM. Washington Warren Airport is on a growing list of weather…
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