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Winter 2001

Flight time available for instrument testing on NSF/NCAR C-130

NSF/NCAR C-130. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

The Research Aviation Facility (RAF), part of the NCAR Atmospheric Technology Division, will conduct an instrumentation development program on the NSF/NCAR C-130 Hercules aircraft during the months of April and October 2002. The goal of the IDEAS program (Instrument Development and Education in Airborne Science) is to improve instrument capability for future NSF airborne deployments.

IDEAS will include a total of 40 flight hours divided between April and October. The flights will originate from the RAF facility at the Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield, Colorado. They will be conducted in both clear and cloudy conditions to test instruments developed at NCAR and participating universities. In addition to testing of instruments, the C-130 will measure state parameters (temperature, pressure, humidity), winds, aircraft position and attitude, infrared/visible/ultraviolet radiation, and other ancillary variables. A limited number of seats will be available for student participation, provided the student is able and willing to operate instrumentation and data systems.

For more information, or to propose an instrument to be included in IDEAS (see On the Web, below). You may also contact RAF manager Jeffrey Stith (303-497-1032, stith@ucar.edu) or IDEAS project manager Richard Friesen (303-497-1047, rbf@ucar.edu).

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