3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
[MIS29-19] Aviation Tactical Lightning Avoidance System for Weather-Smart Airport Operation
Keywords:Aviation weather, Terminal weather system, Lightning
As is well known in aviation weather field, it is significant for actual aircraft operation that observed meteorological parameters are converted to decision-making information. Otherwise, pilots, controllers, or operators need to learn meteorology as much as weather experts, and to owe hard work load to interpret observed meteorological data to their risk. Ideally, it is desired to automatically provide them with predicted operation risk, for example, delay time, possibility of flight cancellation, repair cost, etc., caused by lightning as decision-making information. In order to realize products of those operation risks, high quality of weather observation is required. A high resolution radar, such as the phased array weather radar, has potential to detect thunderstorms in their early stage due to the high volume scan rate from 10 to 30 sec. A lightning mapping system, such as Broadband Observation network for Lightning and Thunderstorm (BOLT), indicates electrical structure inside clouds in concert with a co-located radar data. Aircraft sounding and real-time data downlink, especially high-frequency data provided by Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) mode S, gives in-situ measurements of three-dimensional profiles of wind and temperature. The in-situ wind data supports a radar to accurately estimate spatial profiles of wind speed and direction. And the in-situ temperature data can indicate altitudes of electrical charge separation.
Our research group started a research and development (R&D) of aviation tactical lightning avoidance system in this fiscal year. The final goal of this R&D is to provide airport officers with products of operation risks caused by lightning which are derived from the novel weather observation devices stated above. In the presentation, overview and progress of our R&D will be described.