Hospital Heliport Weather Information System
Weather is a crucial parameter for safe helicopter operations. Most helipads or heliports are located on difficult locations near hospitals, and normally there is no met-observer or specialist present to inform the helicopter pilot about the local weather circumstances.
Observator has developed a special weather system to be used for (unmanned) heliports. The system broadcast (METAR information) contain essential weather information like:
- Wind information (speed/direction)
- Barometric pressure
- Temperature and humidity
- Cloud height (ceilometer)
- Visibility & Present Weather
- Other weather information required by the pilots (lightning etc.)
Danish regulations regarding Heliports:
ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service):
The professional system can be provided with an additional ATIS module to inform the pilot by automatic voice message via a standard VHF radio. The OMC-141 Automatic Terminal Information Service, or ATIS, is a continuous broadcast of recorded non-control weather information for unmanned hospitals, offshore or wind energy platforms.
Helicopter pilots usually listen to an available ATIS broadcast before the final approach, in order to have a safe landing on the platform. The helipilot can, by using the VHF radio, request the actual weather information (by automatic voice message) from the unmanned station.
Temperature / humidity / dew point
Double barometric pressure
Visibility and present weather
Lightning incl. direction
Options for remote access via web interface
(ATIS) Automatic Terminal Information Service functions
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