April 18, 2022
TruWeather Solutions, which develops micro-weather data and analytics solutions, has announced a partnership with Iris Automation to integrate its micro-weather services and weather sensors into the Iris Automation Casia G ground-based surveillance system (GBSS). The combination and meshed network will provide real-time integrated communications, collision avoidance and micro-weather data to operators.
Micro-weather or low-altitude local atmospheric conditions can often substantially differ from that in higher altitudes, injecting uncertainty into the safety equation for aviation operators, the companies said. This can significantly impact uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM) operations and revenue. In an FAA-funded MIT Lincoln Lab study, only 3% of the U.S. has accurate surface weather and cloud ceiling report measurements.
“This is what we refer to as a ‘data desert,’ “ said Don Berchoff, CEO of TruWeather and a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and former senior executive at the National Weather Service. “Up to 40% of crewed aviation flights that are either canceled or delayed due to weather could have flown. Even higher scrub rates will occur for UAS flying beyond visual line of sight, with no pilot on board to spot problems, unless the surface and low altitude weather measurement gap can be closed.”
“The industry requires even more low altitude weather measurements to increase data fidelity and flights per airframe,” Berchoff added. “Without this, uncertain micro-weather and wind conditions will result in conservative business decisions. Failure to resolve this problem will result in fewer flights, disgruntled customers and significant revenue losses.”
TruWeather said incorporating its weather sensors into the Iris Automation non-radar-based passive ground-based system, Casia G, made sense for both companies. The Casia G detect-and-avoid solution lets operators better detect approaching aircraft and avoid collisions, leveraging the same artificial intelligence and computer vision used in the company’s Casia series of onboard integrated systems, including the 360-degree, 6-camera Casia X system.
“Micro-weather information is critical to commercial drone operations, avoiding aborted flights and unnecessary risks and overhead in order to meet the FAA 107 weather minimums,” said Lori DeMatteis, vice president of sales, marketing and customer success at Iris Automation. “Combined with Casia G, the TruWeather solution provides up to the minute, highly localized climate information to ensure safe drone operations in one easy setup. This meets the FAA’s stringent requirements and offers the ability to bring together all the required data in one dashboard.”
For more information on the Casia G system, visit Iris Automation’s website here.