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A Meteorological Self-Briefing System for Gliders

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

A Meteorological Self-Briefing System for Gliders

Guests: Olivier Liechti, Au&K, Winterthur, Switzerland
Host: Prof. Emeritus Ward Hindman, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department

The speaker, with the German Weather Service (DWD), has developed a glider pilot self-briefing system for Europe. The system resides at Using the system, a pilot is able to 'fly' a planned task through a numerical weather prediction to determine the task's feasibility. After the flight, the forecast can be checked using the resulting flight-recorder file. During the 2009 soaring season, as an experiment, the DWD operated the system for the East Coast USA and Colorado. The East Coast system was validated using data from glider contests and, with a few qualifications, it was found successful (no contests occurred in Colorado). This revolutionary system will be explained and demonstrated.


Part I - Introduction

Part II - Describes JAVA based application

Part III - Explains how to get a forecast

Part IV - Explains how to verify a forecast

Part V - Summary and Questions

Download Flight Recorder and TOPTHERM files


Seminar Series at EAS
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