High Precision Weather Forecasts For Safe and Efficient Airport Operations

Aviation Weather Forecasts, Weather Data And Weather Research

Lower your costs, increase efficiency and minimise delays with UBIMET Aviation Weather Solutions

UBIMET offers the aviation industry highly precise aerodrome weather forecasts and weather data specifically for optimised airport operations. The UBIMET Aviation Weather Cockpit® offers strategic support for airports, airlines and ground handling companies, increasing safety and efficiency in day-to-day operations.

Efficient airport management with ubimet weather data Vienna Airport VIE

Highly precise weather information is crucial for efficient and effective winter operations. The Aviation Weather Cockpit® provides relevant weather data in an easy-to-use online portal. We have all the information we require at our fingertips. This solution helps us save money and resources and keep our passengers and airlines safe,

Robert KolarHead of Airside Services at Vienna International Airport

What are the weather challenges in the aviation industry?

The general challenge in aviation is to maximise capacity, optimise planning of all resources (such as personnel, equipment and 3rd party suppliers) and reduce stoppages/delays/ cancellations, whilst at the same time maintaining extremely high safety standards. Weather plays a pivotal role in each core pillar of this challenge. Flight delays and cancellations are often caused by severe/disruptive weather events such as lightning, fog, strong wind, extreme heat and wintery conditions such as ice and snow.

Flight delays and cancellations are expensive in the short-term and, if the event is not well managed, also negatively impact the reputation of both airlines and airports. Passengers (PAX) impacted by a delayed flight quickly search for compensation, share their story on social media and often give interviews in the local and national press. This demand for increased customer service combined with increased economic pressures on airports and airlines means that those operators planning together with the weather will gain a competitive advantage.

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Reoccurring Airport Weather Challenges:

There are a number reoccurring weather challenges that are frequently poorly managed, often due to confusing metrological reports and a reluctance to commit to an answer. An example of these challenges include:

  • How do I safely reduce lightning related ground handling stoppages?
  • When will I need the 3rd party snow removal teams?
  • What will the de-icing fluid demand be tomorrow night?
  • Should I start prioritising flights before a disruptive weather pattern?
  • Will high temperatures cause flight performance issues causing a parking backlog?

Through combining outputs from the UBIMET high-resolution weather model (RACE) with a patented global lightning detection network UBIMET is able to precisely answer all aviation weather questions, accurately and in advance of any disruption. Weather data is displayed in the easy-to-use online Aviation Weather Cockpit® tool and ISO certified Severe Weather Warnings are sent via SMS/e-mail/push notification should a disruptive weather event be forecasted.

Airside Operations are required to plan for Adverse Weather conditions

Efficient airport management with UBIMET Aviation Weather Cockpit®

UBIMET’s world-leading technologies are applied in the Weather Cockpit to ensure efficiency and safety for the aviation industry. Data is supplied via the Aviation Weather Cockpit®, which is tailored to the exact location and specific requirements. In addition, the API interface “UBIMET:Connect” provides aviation companies with a variety of solutions for the quick and easy integration of weather data in websites and applications.

As aviation weather experts UBIMET understands that some aviation operations are only impacted by seasonal weather events. For this reason, UBIMET offers a flexible approach to aviation customers. The Aviation Weather Cockpit® is available seasonally or for the whole year on a modular basis.

UBIMET Solutions for the Aviation Industry:

Winter Aviation Weather Cockpit®

The #1 aviation weather tool to manage winter operations at airports

You and your team will know exactly when de-icing and snow removal will be required and when exactly you should prepare your winter ops teams thanks to the Aviation Weather Cockpit®. Indexes such as airframe de-icing, frost and freezing rain are all displayed in an easy-to-read, traffic light coded manner.

Additional information such as wing temperature, air temperature, dew point, new snow and probability of fresh snow are also available – giving you maximum visibility and decision-making power. All this relevant data is shown online in the Aviation Weather Cockpit® and automatic warnings can be sent via email or SMS.

Moving beyond reacting to immediate events, the Aviation Weather Cockpit® working conditions tool gives you the power to plan ahead. UBIMET works with your operations team to define the relevant weather conditions and thresholds most suited to your airport. Your shift managers and operations teams can then immediately see upcoming disruptive weather events and plan accordingly. The system uses an intuitive traffic light system, empowering all users to make informed decisions.

With all this winter operations data at your fingertips, you have the confidence to be proactive and plan for de-icing & snow removal operations to reduce departure delays and optimise holdover times.

Airport winter operations

Benefits:

  • Proactively plan de-icing and snow removal operations
  • Improve winter punctuality
  • Improve winter operational efficiency
  • Reduce operational costs
  • Improve staff rosters and 3rd party callouts

UBIMET Winter Ops Aviation & Airport Solutions:

  • Winter Conditions

    • Live map including identification of different types precipitation (rain, freezing rain, snow, sleet etc.)
    • Probability of freezing rain
    • Airframe de-icing forecast including wing temperature and frost on aircraft indicator
    • Probability of fresh snow and new snow amount
    • High-resolution, location specific forecasts updated every hour
    • Integration of airport sensors
  • Warnings and alerts

    • Weather-related warnings when parameter thresholds are exceeded (e.g. freezing rain, temperature, precipitation, snow)
    • Severe weather warnings provided by meteorologists
    • Ability to precisely define user groups/teams receiving alerts
    • Distributing early warnings via Aviation Weather Cockpit, e-mail, text message and push notifications
  • Planning Calendar

    • Optimised planning for winter operations (shifts/resources/3rd party)
    • Automatic updates with high-resolution meteorological forecasts
    • Displayed as green / yellow / red days in Aviation Weather Cockpit
    • Planning horizon of up to 8 days

IROPS Aviation Weather Cockpit®

The safest IROPS weather tool for your airport!

The fundamental aim of the UBIMET Aviation Weather Cockpit® is to prevent severe weather-related accidents and to minimise prolonged ground handling stops. Approaching thunderstorms, for example, requires the closure of runways and certain activities such as refuelling cannot be carried out during severe weather warnings. The Aviation Weather Cockpit® takes all aviation-specific critical parameters such as wind speed, wind direction, the risk of lightning strike and temperatures at all elevations into consideration. The interface is easy to read and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection, giving your team maximum flexibility.

The most unnecessarily prolonged ground handling stops are caused by thunderstorms. With no industry-wide guidelines on thunderstorm management, airports, with limited scientific meteorological knowledge, have developed a number of techniques. These techniques cause unnecessarily prolonged stoppages, increasing costs and delays. UBIMET operates a patented, global 3D lightning detection network. The network offers the aviation industry real-time lighting information, up to 75m accuracy and thunderstorm tracking. The network can be combined with field mills to provide absolute scientific certainty on safety. The result is reducing stoppages from over 30 minutes to less than 10 minutes!

UBIMET IROPS Aviation & Airport Solutions:

  • Thunderstorm Tracking

    • Detecting thunderstorms in the vicinity of the airport
    • Short-term forecasts of thunderstorm movements
    • Calculating estimated thunderstorm arrival time
    • Distributing early warnings via Aviation Weather Cockpit, e-Mail, SMS and push notifications
  • Lightning Detection

    • Patented 3-D measurement algorithm
    • Real-time lightning information
    • Accuracy within 75 meters
    • Ability to precisely define lightning alarms (e.g. ICAO 8/5 km radius recommendation)
  • Warnings and alerts

    • Weather-related warnings when parameter thresholds are exceeded (e.g. wind, temperature, precipitation, heat)
    • Severe weather warnings provided by meteorologists
    • Ability to precisely define user groups/teams receiving alerts
    • Distributing early warnings via Aviation Weather Cockpit, e-mail, SMS and push notifications
  • Planning calendar

    • Optimized planning for ground operation shifts and resources
    • Automatic alignment with meteorological forecasts
    • Displayed as green / yellow / red days in Aviation Weather Cockpit
    • Planning horizon of up to 8 days

Airline Aviation Weather Cockpit®

Destination Weather & En-Route Weather Forecasts

The newest up-to-date weather models are now available for airlines. In addition to en-route weather information such as upper-level wind parameters, turbulence or risk parameters such as the risk of severe thunderstorms, airlines now have access to their very own Destination Weather Cockpit®. Originally designed for Formula 1, high-cycle weather models were adapted for airport operation forecasts. These forecasts are now available in a special Weather Cockpit® designed specifically for dispatchers. The risk of severe weather events or crosswind conflict situations for every destination and all alternates will be calculated using UBIMET high-resolution weather models. With this tailored information, your dispatchers can decide within a minute the quantity of necessary fuel reserve or where to redirect flights in real-time.

  • Forecasts of weather risks at every destination of your airline (in addition to official TAFs)

  • Risk forecasts for alternates or information about the next alternate with a low severe weather probability

  • Special parameters & meteorological conditions

    • Severe thunderstorm risk
    • Crosswind components
    • Snow
    • Further parameters such as heavy rain, visibility…
  • Decision support systems for dispatchers

    • Next available alternate with a low risk of severe weather risk
    • Available time windows at destination with a lower severe weather risk
    • En-route information such as wind speeds at all altitudes, turbulence, risk of severe thunderstorms…
    • PAX and VIP weather information (in-flight weather display for destination)

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