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 is rescheduled for Monday, October 5, 2020.
will take place as a co-located event at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL show in Dallas, TX rescheduled for October 5-8
, 2020.

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2020 UAS Weather Forum Agenda


  • Welcome
    Matthias Steiner, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • UAS operations in harsh environments – Impacts of icing on vehicle performance
    Martin Fengler, Meteomatics
  • Icing detection & protection on aerial vehicles – 
    A historical perspective & outlook to future capabilities

    Iraj Mantegh, National Research Council of Canada
  • Icing certification – Regulatory & operational challenges for BVLOS operations
    John Fisher & Marilyn Pearson, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Dealing with weather hazards in urban environments – 
    CASA’s innovation ecosystem in Dallas / Fort Worth

    Apoorva Bajaj, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Emerging capabilities for monitoring icing conditions at low levels & off airports
    Stephanie DiVito, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Fine-scale weather hazard prediction guidance of tomorrow
    James Pinto & Greg Thompson, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Adjourn

For questions regarding the forum, please contact Matthias Steiner.