Weather Solutions and Meteorology from Bayanat Engineering Qatar
When you think about weather monitoring, in all likelihood the first thing you think of is national weather forecasts on the news, giving you an extremely wide idea of what the weather is going to be like. In the case of airports, you need to have access to the most up-to-date information, offering pinpoint precision to inform your planes and keep passengers safe. Here are just a few of the weather monitoring systems an airport needs, and what they do.
The most dangerous parts of a flight are the take-off and the landing, this is because planes are vulnerable to wind. At lower speeds and closer to a collision, a strong gust could knock a plane off course and potentially lead to an incident.
Wind profilers are weather detection equipment that makes use of SODAR and RADAR to detect wind speed and direction at different heights. These readings can be taken from a range of altitudes, up to 17km above sea level. This makes it far simpler to guide a plane to a safe landing, as pilots don’t need to worry about the impact of wind on their approach. These systems also have a tangible environmental benefit, as wind profilers mean we are able to help to plot optimal courses, rather than seeing pilots need to take several attempts at landing due to poor conditions.
Of course, another key feature of weather detection in an airport setting is weather RADAR. This is a key part of the weather detection process that the Bayanat Engineering team has worked with extensively, from design to supply, installation, and configuration of weather radar rainbow user workstations. Weather RADARs have worked in the same way since their invention in the Second World War. Radio waves are beamed out directionally, and objects in the air like rain and snow will cause these beams to scatter and return, showing up on sensors.
Ensuring effective weather RADAR is key for any modern airport, but especially for ones by the sea such as Hamad International Airport (HIA). Qatar is facing a major international event in the form of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and the bulk of viewers are coming in from overseas. By helping to guide pilots around storms and major meteorological events, Bayanat Engineering and Hamad International Airport are doing everything we can to ensure that the event is as smooth as can be.
Runway Visual Range (RVR)
Runway Visual Range is the distance you can expect to see horizontally down a runway, helped by technology such as High-Intensity Runway Lights (HIRL) and a selection of beacon lighting features. This is always likely to fall in the event of adverse weather, however, being able to keep Runway Visual Range as high as can be is key to a safe landing. After all, the last thing a major company such as QP Oil and Gas need is dangerous or anxiety-inducing landings when flying delegates in to complete key deals.
By making use of weather RADAR you can keep RVR as high as possible, ensuring that landings are attempted in only safe situations where the pilot can see a significant proportion of the runway.
The Key to Safety
These are just a few of Bayanat Engineering’s dozens of weather solutions that support airports in making flights as safe as can be. By developing the most advanced technology possible Bayanat Engineering are able to protect pilots and passengers from emergencies, making sure that everyone feels safe and secure on their trips around the world.