15 Feb 2018

Meteorological specialists, Biral, are returning to the World ATM Congress conference in Madrid next month to showcase a number of its popular meteorological products for the aviation market.

Biral’s Marketing Director, Nathan Neal, is participating in the three-day show where the company is using its new 360-degree wall stand to display a variety of meteorological equipment. More specifically, Biral is showcasing its BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector, VPF-750 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor, SWS-200 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor, ALS-2 Ambient Light sensors and its new BTD-350 Thunderstorm Detector at the ATM Congress. The equipment meets ICAO, WMO, FAA & CAA standards and is simple to install and integrate.

Biral sensors have also been successfully incorporated into Coastal Environmental Systems’ Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS), which has recently received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

BTD-350 Thunderstorm Detector

The BTD-350 Marine Thunderstorm Detector has been designed specifically for use adjacent to a marine environment. Its structure has been strengthened and all surfaces coated with a marine grade painting system, making it ideal for installation at a coastal runway or island airport. The BTD-350 reliably detects the presence of all forms of lightning, out to a range of 83km. The unique quasi-electrostatic operating principle gives the detector a very low false alarm rate and the unique ability to warn of the risk of overhead lightning, even before the lightning has started. Virtually maintenance-free, the BTD-350 can operate with the supplied PC display software, seamlessly integrate into sophisticated weather monitoring systems or directly activate local warning lights or sounders.

BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector

The company’s BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detection system is a new technology detection system which has significant benefits for the aviation industry. The system has the ability to detect all forms of lightning within an 83km radius, including warning of potential overhead lightning. The equipment is immune to man-made false alarms making it more reliable in safety critical situations such as at airports and on off-shore platforms.

VPF-750 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor

As one of the most advanced present weather sensors available, the VPF-750 allows for the reporting of freezing precipitation in addition to the weather codes typically available from a forward scatter sensor. VPF-750 has unparalleled abilities in distinguishing frozen from liquid precipitation, and the sensors have a large measurement range up to 75km and superior accuracy via their unique twin detector design.

SWS-200 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor

The SWS-200 is designed for use in applications where accurate and reliable visibility measurements are required with the addition of WMO 4680 present weather codes. The sensor measures Meteorological Optical Range (MOR) as well as reporting the presence of liquid and frozen precipitation. A feature of Biral sensors is their ability to report precipitation intensity according to a range of national standards. The unique backscatter receiver gives the SWS-200 unparalleled abilities in distinguishing frozen from liquid precipitation. This additional meteorological information can be key to the safe operation of wind turbines in harsh winter conditions, where icing of the blades can be a serious problem affecting the efficiency of energy generation.

ALS-2 Ambient Light Sensor

Designed to measure background luminance as part of a Runway Visual Range (RVR) system, the ALS-2 is designed to comply with specifications and guidelines produced by ICAO, WMO and FAA. The system also has the ability to connect directly to Biral’s visibility or present weather sensors.

As a leading designer and manufacturer of meteorological equipment and visibility and weather sensors, Biral have its team of experts on stand 830 at the World ATM Congress who are available to discuss its innovative products for the aviation market.