Because of the uncertainty around flying conditions, and the importance of avoiding mishaps, companies generally create overly conservative flight and route plans which adds considerable operations cost.

 

Prior to our founding, our TruWeather Solutions staff served our country honorably for over 35 years. During our service, our team developed a weather risk management framework for Air Force operations that integrated weather into daily mission planning and support. In just one year, without increasing accuracy, our team was able to reduce the impact of weather by 40 percent, saving taxpayers over 200 million dollars. This framework was certified by Air Force analysts. TruWeather has adopted this framework to serve weather sensitive businesses and industries in the private sector to increase safety and productivity when weather is a potential threat to business operations.

 

Executive Summary

TruWeather Solutions™ is a micro-weather and technology company linking client strategy, predictive weather analytics and execution to enable Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilots, schedulers, and dispatchers reduce weather uncertainty and increase flying hours when weather is a factor. In a rapidly changing world, TruWeather Solutions™ has the technology and expertise to create custom actionable solutions to mitigate any customer’s exposure to weather risk ensuring safe & efficient UAS operations anywhere in the world.

Challenges

The emerging UAS international commercial TAM (Total Available Market) is projected at $13B by 2020 and weather will impact UAS productivity and profits at a higher rate than manned aviation. Commercial drone shipments will hit 805,000 in 2021 with a growth rate of over 50%. Every drone mission requires a weather prediction. UAS platforms, due to their portable size and unique flight profiles are susceptible to negative weather impacts. 

While many in the industry are attempting to integrate weather into UAS flight operations and planning, change has been slow and confusing as there is a UAS weather information gap in offerings by the government and the private weather sector. The current aviation weather system is built for where manned aircraft fly… mainly above the weather and in silos around airports, which have good weather sensing. The UAS will fly ubiquitous and are very weather sensitive. Small changes in wind speed, direction, and temperature can unexpectedly drain battery power, change payload weight plans and rapidly shorten UAS distances traveled, sometimes without warning. Adding to the challenge of weather, solutioning for UAS industry often involves collecting and reviewing weather data from a host of government and commercial sources. This leaves it to the client to interpret how weather will impact their UAS operations. Often, there is too much information provided and there is difficulty focusing on the key facts and correctly evaluating the risk. Additionally, there are micro-wind and temperature data gaps that increase weather uncertainty for operators. 

Safety is the number one priority for unmanned vehicles and drones. Because of the uncertainty around flying conditions, and the importance of avoiding mishaps, companies generally create overly conservative flight and route plans which adds considerable operations costs. 

Project Scope

TruWeather's™ product, TruFliteUAS™ is using weather data crowd-sourcing and Internet of Things sensors to improve micro weather detection, prediction and avoidance; and customized Go/No Go dashboards and visualizations for rapid insight and safe, productive decision-making.

TruWeather Solutions™ provided services to NUAIR, the organization that plans and conducts UAS testing at the New York State UAS Test Range in central NY. TruWeather, working closely with planners, schedulers, pilots and the operations center dispatchers integrated micro weather considerations into the planning and execution process. The weather component of the flight test demonstrated significant value to the decision makers who proactively managed weather during crucial flight testing to support NASA funded tests.

Results

TruWeather Solutions™ provided micro weather services and Go/No Go decision indicators for the NUAIR Alliance test range in central NY. This enabled range managers to redirect the schedule of crucial flight testing, mitigating morning fog and low ceilings, maximizing flight time during an aggressive test schedule and within a narrow flight envelope. 

In the week of testing, our forecast indicated weather would be a problem on Friday, enabling NUAIR to front load Monday's flying and mitigate the rest of the week's schedule because of MOA (Military Operations Area) restrictions and fog on Wednesday morning. TruWeather's recommendations avoided staff coming in on Wednesday morning based on the forecast. As a result, all testing was completed and successful within NASA’s strict time constraints and allowed personnel to perform other duties rather than sitting and waiting for good operating windows that never materialized. 
Using TruWeather’s framework UAS weather risk management allowed NUAIR to manage weather risk proactively to maintain safety, complete the mission on-time, use time and resources productively and have a highly satisfied customer (NASA).

 

"I've observed great support from TruWeather at the NUAIR test facility at GIA in Rome this week. Clear, concise, accurate, and actionable information being used by the flight crews and command center to help ensure safe and efficient operation. Great stuff!"
Kevin May - Radar Product Manager and Lead Digital Engineer

“Thanks for your excellent on-site support!” 
Dr Raymond Young, Chief Integration Officer NUAIR Alliance 

"You are already adding positive value to our operations." 
Marke Gibson, President & CEO NUAIR Alliance

 

 

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