Newly installed wind measuring systems were commissioned at the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) and George F.L. Charles Airport following training of the Meteorological Services staff in operation and maintenance of the systems.
The wind measuring systems, funded under Saint Lucia’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), are critical for the safe taking off and landing of aircrafts at both airports.
Additionally, the new systems enhance Saint Lucia’s capacity for long-term climate monitoring and will increase the efficiency and accuracy with which the Meteorological Services can prepare its local and international reports on wind parameters by automating many of the calculations previously done manually.
The wind measuring systems installed meet the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and each consists of a support tower; sensors that measure wind speed and direction; a data logger where data from the system is archived; a radio for transmission of the data; and digital display screens housed at the Meteorological Services office and Air Traffic Control (ATC) room.
The digital display screens show readings of average wind speed and wind direction at 2-minute intervals, and minimum and maximum wind speed at 10-minute intervals, in keeping with standard international reporting requirements.