Aviation Meteorology

SWS and HSS sensors are used in airports throughout the world as part of aviation ground control and meteorological monitoring systems. Our visibility and ambient light sensors form the core of Runway Visual Range monitoring systems used to control the safe landing of aircraft in reduced visibility conditions. Our present weather sensors provide automated precipitation classification and monitoring that forms a vital part of the METAR signals broadcast to aircraft in the airport vicinity.

The detection and reporting of thunderstorms is important in the aviation industry supporting both the safety of ground operations and the provision of meteorological data to aircraft and forecasting authorities. Our BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector has been developed to be compliant with FAA regulations for lightning detection systems used at airfields.

Biral products typically used in aviation applications are shown below.


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  • Digital Barometer MSB780X

    Model Number: MSB780X

    A precision barometer designed specifically for use in aviation applications where highly accurate, and reliable measurement combined with long term stability is required.

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  • Cloud Ceilometer

    Model Number: CBME80B

    The Eliasson cloud ceilometer CBME80B is a compact and lightweight standalone instrument for measuring cloud base height and vertical visibility. …

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  • ALS-2 Ambient Light Sensor

    Model Number: ALS-2

    Accurate and reliable determination of background light during all weather conditions

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  • BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector

    Model Number: BTD-300

    The BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector is a standalone sensor that reliably detects the presence of all forms of lightning to a range of 83 km

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  • SODAR PCS2000

    Model Number: SODAR PCS2000

    SODAR (Sonic Detection And Ranging) system for remote sensing of vertical profiles of the horizontal wind vector and turbulence in the lower part of the atmosphere

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  • RASS for SODAR PCS2000

    Model Number: RASS for SODAR PCS2000

    RASS (Radio Acoustic Sounding System) addition to the SODAR PCS2000

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  • VPF-710 Visibility Sensor

    Model Number: VPF-710

    The VPF-710 Visibility sensor provides high quality visibility measurement in a compact and highly robust package

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  • SWS-100 Visibility Sensor

    Model Number: SWS-100

    The SWS-100 is optimised for use in applications where accurate and reliable visibility measurements are required alongside basic present weather measurements

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  • SWS-100LW Visibility Sensor

    Model Number: SWS-100LW

    The SWS-100LW is optimised for use in applications where accurate and reliable visibility measurements are required from a low power, light weight sensor

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  • SWS-050 Visibility Sensor

    Model Number: SWS-050

    Visibility only SWS sensor for aviation, highway and general meteorological applications

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  • VPF-750 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor

    Model Number: VPF-750

    The VPF-750 Visibility and Present Weather sensor is the most advanced in Biral’s product range. Its enhanced performance allows the reporting of freezing precipitation in addition to the weather codes typically available from a forward scatter sensor.

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  • VPF-730 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor

    Model Number: VPF-730

    The VPF-730 Visibility sensor provides accurate visibility and present weather measurement in a compact and robust package, making it well suited to both general and offshore aviation applications

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