Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Weather Forum

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Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) operations are sensitive to environmental conditions. Small UAS are particularly sensitive to weather elements, such as wind, turbulence, and temperature even under current visual line of sight (VLOS) operations of limited duration. Future beyond VLOS operations will encounter additional challenges posed by rapidly changing weather conditions and possibly encountering cloud and precipitation, etc.

NCAR teams with AUVSI to host the UAS Weather Forum as a co-located event at the XPONENTIAL show.  The UAS Weather Forum provides a platform for UAS operators; federal and state agencies; weather researchers and providers; trade groups; safety and insurance groups; UAS manufacturers; and others to

  • Share experiences with expected and unexpected weather impacts
  • Engage in a dialogue about weather needs for UAS operations
  • Collect requirements for developing better weather guidance
  • Cultivate strategies on how to make progress with needed weather support
  • Assist regulators with safe integration of UAS into the national airspace system considering weather impacts
  • Explore opportunities for using UAS-sensed environmental information for enhanced situational awareness and better weather prediction
  • Facilitate weather education & outreach

The UAS Weather Forum is open to all XPONENTIAL attendees; however, separate pre-registration is required as space is limited. For questions regarding the forum, please contact Matthias Steiner.



The next UAS Weather Forum will take place as a co-located event at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL show in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, 29 April 2019.
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April 29, 2019 | McCormick Place | Chicago

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: S502

UAS Weather Forum Agenda

  • Opening Remarks
    Matthias Steiner, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Weather Impacts during Medical Supply Delivery by Drone in Rwanda and Ghana
    Louise Fleischer, Zipline
  • Creating Test Environments for Assessing UAS Performance
    Flavio Noca, WindShape
  • Setting an Agenda for UAS Weather Standards and Data Sharing
    Philip Kenul, Trivector
  • Obtaining Accurate Wind and Turbulence Measurements by Small UAS to Fill the Boundary Layer Data Void
    Suzanne W. Smith and Sean C.C. Bailey, University of Kentucky
  • Atmospheric Observations in Urban Environments
    Remy Parmentier, Leosphere/Vaisala
  • Safe and Efficient Navigation of UAS in the Urban Environment
    Jim Gregory, Ohio State University
  • Challenges of Micro-Weather Forecasting for UAS Skyways
    James Pinto, National Center for Atmospheric Research

For questions regarding the forum, please contact Matthias Steiner.