AeroX has iniated in North Carolina, a weather study for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in collaboration with low-altitude weather specialist, TruWeather Solutions, reports a press release. This U.S study is to assess weather conditions across the State and engage the community “in planning how to build the weather infrastructure required to expand existing and future drone and air taxi service.”

First, who is AeroX?

The company’s website says, “AeroX is a nonprofit organisation of business, government and community partners focused on creating a national model ecosystem for Advanced Air Mobility in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, North Carolina.”

The company was awarded funding by the State’s General Assembly to construct an urban AAM system to help carry cargo, leading to passengers, across the region. The company identified weather as a critical component to building this system.

Basil Yap

AeroX President Basil Yap, commented, “We’re conducting a statewide study so we can be ahead of the game, identifying optimal connection points that can provide weather data at the speed with which companies and communities are ready to expand AAM service.”

The release states, “Weather conditions such as wind, rain, fog and storms significantly impact a drone’s ability to operate and function in low-altitude airspace, whether that is within densely developed urban areas or in rural, coastal and mountainous terrains.” It continues, “Knowing where weather hazards exist and where to deploy sensors that can provide critical data are key steps in enabling broad and routine drone use.”

TruWeather Solutions will first assess such conditions and potential hazards in the State before convening drone manufacturers, uncrewed air traffic management service providers and others to discuss the findings. 

Chris Zarzar, commercial product manager for TruWeather Solutions, explained, “Our goal is to provide data that allows companies and communities to deploy drone and air taxi services in the most cost-effective, highest value possible. At the end of this study, we expect to be ready to purchase and deploy weather sensors at locations across the state, as well as support public agencies that seek to enable AAM in other communities and regions.” 

The study began this month and is expected to be completed in May. Anyone with plans to deploy AAM or is interested in attending the workshops should submit their contact information to:-

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/3661fa321dec4d75b87210b711a6f9ab or email: info@ncaerox.com .   

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(Top image: TruWeather Solutions software simulates and display winds, allowing analysis to identify optimal locations for weather sensors that will support drone operations. Orange areas depict high wind speeds that would not be forecasted by existing weather reporting methods without additional sensing instruments)