Coastal's permanent aviation weather stations are the most sophisticated, easy-to-install and flexible weather stations available.

The permanent aviation weather station is built around the ZENO®3200 datalogger. It is quite simply the world's most powerful (low power consuming) data acquisition system, designed from the ground up to be the most accurate and flexible environmental data acquisition platform available.

Coastal's permanent weather stations can be ordered as:

  • A stand alone tower sending data to a simple LCD display (displays can be daisy chained) with a full suite of weather sensors.
  • A tower sending data to a Central Data Control Unit that then distributes the data to a variety of displays, PCs, networks the web, etc.
  • Multiple towers sending data to a Central Data Control Unit that distributes the data.

In addition to the basic suite of weather sensors, visibility and cloud height sensors can also be added and this station can accept direct input from the National Weather Service’s PDB-1 Altimeter. This weather station also has spare analog, digital and serial ports for additional weather sensors, multiple-types of communications or driving displays directly (without the CDCU) or for multiple telemetry outputs (e.g. hardwire and radio; radio and cell phone, dial-up phone and radio, etc.).

Displays range from simple LCDs to Vacuum Fluorescent to full color TFT styles.

This weather station can be configured to run ASOS algorithms, other standard algorithms or can be user or factory configured to run most custom algorithms. A variety of wind sensors, relative humidity sensors, motor aspirated shields, temperature sensors, visibility sensors and ceilometers can be connected using the existing flexibility of the ZENO® configuration menu.

Only Coastal weather stations have a Universal Serial Interface which allows the end user or third party to configure the system to accept and process data from new serial sensors. By simply using the menus built into the ZENOSOFT® software you can configure the ZENO® to communicate with most off-the-shelf serial sensors.

A ZENO® aviation weather station can send data several ways to the same or different locations. Because of the 5 serial ports available it can, for example, send data by radio and hardwire and have a maintenance port accessible by dial-up or cell phone – none interfering with the other. Radio can be two way (polled) or one way, and most frequencies are possible including UHF, VHF and 900 and 1.2GHZ spread spectrum ranges.

Using off-the-shelf software, (INTERCEPT®), you can display the data on PCs, pass it to networks, web servers, etc.

Our Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) offer a complete line of permanent weather stations that cover every aspect of airfield weather. Our AWOS provide a complete suite of weather sensors, including; lightning detection, ice detection, present weather, visibility, cloud height and all other standard weather sensors. Additionally, the AWOS can have one or more separate instrument groupings for larger airfields or CAT II and CAT III airfields. The remote instrument groupings can have a completely redundant set of weather sensors or can simply be wind speed and direction.

Please contact us for complete information on Coastal's AWOS and ASOS weather stations.

Photo of Permanent Weather Station

Examples of sensors used with the ZENO® Aviation Weather Station

Wind Sensors:

R.M. Young prop and vane, Climatronics cup and vane, Handar Ultrasonic, Met-One Ultrasonic, Gill Ultrasonic, RM Young Ultrasonic, Vaisala cup and vane, Met-One cup and vane, Cossonay Hot Wire, Irdam hot wire (heated sensors can be used only where AC power is available)

Relative Humidity Sensors:

Vaisala (many models), Rotronics

Temperature Sensors:

YSI thermistors, RTDs (2 wire, 4 wire)

Visibility Sensors/
Present Weather Sensors:

SCTI, BIRAL (formerly HSS), Belfort




Typical Sensors:

Wind speed and direction (gust and standard deviation—sigma theta—and various averages are calculated), air temperature, relative humidity (dew point is calculated) and barometric pressure (altimeter setting can be calculated).

Other possibilities include rainfall, solar radiation, visibility, cloud height (ceilometer), present weather, surface ice, GPS, etc. and more.
Sensor Specifications


The ZENO® aviation weather station can run on AC (110 or 220), solar panel and/or batteries.


A variety of displays is available depending on the application and location.


3 meter, 10 meter, 30 foot, 20 foot, plus custom heights.

User Interface/Display Software:

Coastal makes INTERCEPT® software to collect, display, archive and share data.