Muir Matheson recently completed the successful installation and commissioning of another crucial Airport Weather Station for British International Helicopters at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint. BIH identified the military site for use as a forward operating base for Scilly Isles flights when Plymouth Airport was earmarked for closure in early 2011 and contacted Muir Matheson to help facilitate their compliance with JAR OPS at the new location.
Muir Matheson completed a full investigation of the current operations at the site in collaboration with HMS Raleigh SATCO and staff from BIH and designed a system that would allow operators at HMS Raleigh to submit met reports to the MOD Meteorological Services at RNAS Culdrose with minimal interruption to their existing workload. The design of the system was paramount and presented many challenges as the helicopter landing site is directly in the centre of several active rifle ranges used by the Royal Marines for firearms training.
The system is centred on the Muir Matheson Field Data Collection Unit, which was originally developed as a platform for larger NATS airports and is currently deployed at 10 of their sites across the UK. Alongside the FDCU, Muir Matheson specified the METBox Wind, which provides instantaneous, 2 & 10 minute wind data for up to 4 runways including crosswind components and critical tailwind warnings on a compact and robust touchscreen processor.
Due to the smaller operating capacity of HMS Raleigh, the ideal solution for the dissemination of METARs was Muir Matheson’s Mini-METCOM software. This software provides the staff with all of the essential functions of the larger METCOM system in use at many of the UK’s major airports but at a fraction of the cost. Coupled with the CVMet cloud & visibility graphing software, the METBox Wind processor and accredited met observer input, it ensures that HMS Raleigh meets the requirements within CAP746 and British International retain their JAR OPS compliance.