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Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) for Airports

Plus Runway Visual Range (RVR)

Coastal’s AWOS measure and report weather conditions for aviation applications. Our AWOS are installed in a variety of locations, including commercial and private airports, military air bases, and heliports. Systems range in size and complexity, from a single weather station to a network of sensor groups on multiple runways. All of our systems are compliant with ICAO / WMO / FMH-1 reporting standards.

Key components of the AWOS include meteorological sensors, a field data collection unit (FDCU), AC or solar power systems, telecommunications, Coastal's web-based Aviation INTERCEPT® display software, and user workstations. We also provide data outputs for ATIS, AFTN, PSTN, and a customizable XML data feed for integration into third-party systems.

Globally, our AWOS have near 100% operability, even 10–15 years after installation.

AWOS for Heliports

Heliport AWOS

Coastal’s AWOS for Heliports are built to meet the unique challenges of providing site-specific aviation weather reporting at heliport locations. These locations are often in remote, offshore, and unmanned locations.

Our modular approach to building aviation weather stations allows for flexibility in sensor selection, power, telecommunications, and installation and mounting of the AWOS.

A heliport AWOS based on Coastal’s rugged WEATHERPAK® technology includes the following features:

  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) — data and power over a single cable
  • Rugged, weatherproof construction
  • Ability to add additional external sensors
  • ICAO / FMH-1 / WMO compliant
  • Automatically generated weather reports
  • Optional voice broadcast directly to pilots

Portable AWOS

Coastal Portable/Tactical AWOS

Coastal's portable aviation weather stations are designed specifically to meet the demands of tactical or rapid deployment use. Built with Coastal's rugged WEATHERPAK® technology, these systems are able to withstand the rigors associated with portable use, such as transport in a vehicle and rough handling. Solar-powered systems are the solution for airfields with limited infrastructure.

Our systems are used throughout the world by militaries, emergency management agencies, energy companies, and universities and research organizations. They are particularly suited for remote locations with harsh environmental conditions.

Features Include:

  • A complete AWOS solution that is ICAO / FMH-1 / WMO compliant
  • Rugged, weatherproof construction (passed MIL-STD-461E and MIL-STD-810F)
  • Professional grade meteorological sensors
  • Very low power consumption
  • Aviation INTERCEPT® installed on a rugged laptop computer
  • Quick to assemble, no tools required
  • Easy to pack, carry, and ship

Runway Visual Range (RVR)

Coastal's Runway Visual Range System

Runway Visual Range (RVR) for airports is an automated system that measures visibility, background luminance, and the intensity (brightness) of the runway lights. This data is processed in Coastal’s Aviation INTERCEPT® software to determine the actual distance a pilot should be able to see down the runway.

Coastal’s system is both flexible and scalable. A basic RVR system includes a 3 meter tower, field data collection unit, visibility sensor, ambient light (luminance) sensor, and Aviation INTERCEPT software. An optional Runway Light Intensity Monitor can be added for automatic detection of runway light levels. Multiple options are available for each sensor.

Coastal can customize power and telecommunications according to customer requirements.


Web-Based Software for Aviation Weather Reporting

Aviation INTERCEPT Software Controller Data Display
  • Automatic METAR/SPECI reports
  • ICAO / FAA / WMO / FMH-1 approved algorithms