AIRPORT USABILITY & WIND ANALYTICS

RUNWAY BUDGET OPTIMIZATION


 

ANALYZING WINDROSE AND DEMONSTRATED CROSSWIND COMPONENTS OF AIRCRAFT FOR AIRPORT RUNWAY USABILITY AND SAFETY FACTORS AS RECOMMENDED BY REGULATORY AGENCIES

Prevailing winds are changing and this is impacting airport runway usability. The value offered by this service is in providing an updated baseline of information that allows airport managers to quickly identify how prevailing winds have changed over a +10 year period and understand if their runways still meet the usability and safety standards of 95% recommended by Transport Canada. This ensures that pilots have the greatest opportunity to operate aircraft within safe operating conditions at the airport.

Furthermore, the crosswind components of aircraft that are commonly and future operated at the airport are also assessed, which is beneficial in understanding what new aircraft can safely operate on current and future runways. This crosswind component assessment is used to ascertain the impact of changing prevailing winds on scheduled and charter flight services and it can also be leveraged for marketing purposes in driving new business.

Aero Polaris offers airport analytic services that are user-friendly. Our deliverables allow airport managers to quickly and easily describe our findings and recommendations to other managers and personnel that do not have technical training. This is useful in scenarios involving multiple departments and agencies.

 

Sourcing national meteorological agencies (Environment Canada, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), historical wind data is compiled from hourly and daily measurements of average and gust inputs. Data ranges of over twenty (+20), ten (10), and five (5) year intervals can be provided. Granular datasets analyzed over seasonal and historical periods provide airport managers with highly accurate and tailored assessments of changing prevailing winds and their impact on runway usability and operations and maintenance budgets. Significant cost-savings can be achieved if runway maintenance schedules are reduced or a runway is decommissioned.

 

A general airport analytic deliverable consists of the following general structure:

  • Define airport usability requirements in accordance with regulatory agency (Transport Canada, FAA, etc.) standards and recommendations
  • Collect and analyze the historical meteorological conditions for the airport (Enviro Canada, NOAA, etc.)
  • Conduct a prevailing wind analysis
  • Conduct a windrose analysis for multiple operational scenarios
  • Prepare a comprehensive report with recommendations
 

Data inputs include meteorological files from Environment Canada, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and etc. Analytic outputs include windrose charts representing customizable datasets that are visually represented on various maps (VFR, IFR, Google Maps), airport charts and diagrams (NAV Canada, FAA, and etc.), and in Google Earth files (.kml format). Analysis data output is also provided in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet files (.xlsx, .xls formats). 

 

Transport Canada airport funding and application to the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) and secondary crosswind runway projects are supported by our windrose analyses that involves analyzing wind data over 25 years and the seasonal usability of main runways, as well as the frequency of secondary crosswind runway use by regularly scheduled year-round passenger aircraft. Wind rose analysis is a mandatory prerequisite for ACAP eligibility criteria and receiving Transport Canada funding.

Our windrose analyses assist airport managers comply with the 2014 updated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) AC 150/5300-13A - Airport Design. Airport managers will quickly and accurately understand how the direction and intensity of prevailing winds affecting their airport and runway orientation have changed over the decades and equip them with the data required to optimize airport operations and maintenance budgets to reflect this. Analyses are customizable to reflect seasonal and daylight operations. This proprietary software is licensed and requires specialized training direct from the manufacturer. 

 

KEY DATA PARAMETERS:

  • Wind Direction (true or geographic degrees)
  • Wind Speed (km/h or mph)
  • Average Wind Value (km/h or mph)
  • Maximum Wind Value (km/h or mph)
  • Prevailing Wind Direction (degrees)
  • Time & Date
  • Maximum Wind Gust Speed (km/h or mph)
  • Maximum Wind Gust Direction (degrees)
  • Total Number of Data
  • Valid Data (input > 0)
  • Demonstrated crosswind component
  • Latitude & Longitude