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Weather Drone Flights in Ireland

Thumbnail image: Meteodrone demo in Ireland on April 19, 2023

Meteomatics is preparing for the upcoming Meteodrone demonstrations in France, Italy and Romania. Our team is currently focused on obtaining cross-border approval from the local authorities, allowing us to operate the Meteodrones smoothly.

The operation of uncrewed aerial vehicles is strictly regulated by local aerospace authorities for safety reasons. Therefore, Meteomatics and its partners must apply for special flight permits to ensure compliance. It is important to note that flying Meteodrones “Beyond Visual Line of Sight” (BVLOS) is generally prohibited without official authorization and approvals from the local civil aviation authority.

Meteomatics was the first Swiss company to receive a flight permit from the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), based on the regulations set forth by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This permit enables us to fly uncrewed aerial vehicles in BVLOS conditions within Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, even in challenging weather conditions such as clouds and fog, at altitudes of up to 6 kilometres, both during the day and at night.

Based on this flight authorization, Meteomatics can now seek approvals for Meteodrone demonstrations in all EASA member states. The approval process involves close communication and the exchange of relevant documents with the national flight authorities in each country where the demonstrations are planned.

In April, we conducted a demonstration at the Valentia Observatory in Ireland for Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Service. The objective was to evaluate the feasibility of replacing radiosonde measurements with those obtained from Meteodrones in the long term. The demonstration, which included three flights up to an altitude of 5350 meters, took place during the daytime around noon (watch the video here).

To carry out this demonstration, Meteomatics obtained a cross-border authorization from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), similar to the authorizations granted to manned aircraft. The IAA issued a temporary restricted airspace authorization and a “Notice to Airmen”, which was made visible to all parties operating in Irish airspace on that day.

Based on the successful experience in Ireland, we are confident in our ability to receive flight authorizations from the aviation authorities in France, Italy and Romania. Our team remains committed to complying with regulations and ensuring the safe and responsible operation of Meteodrones during all demonstrations.

Meteomatics is pleased to offer assistance to interested organizations in obtaining approvals from national authorities. It’s important to note that these approvals are typically specific to designated areas, altitudes, and time periods, as dictated by local requirements. Meteomatics is fully committed to supporting the approval process in the most effective manner, enabling Meteodrone demonstrations to take place across EASA member states. Our goal is to facilitate the widespread availability of these demonstrations while ensuring compliance with local regulations and ensuring a seamless experience for all involved parties.



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