Shaping the future of our skies with weather intelligence

Bird eye view of a city
Fernando Trolia Slamic
Fernando Trolia Slamic
Director, Strategy and Business Development, Weather and Environment, Vaisala
Innovations and Inspirations
Weather & Environment

The new era of air mobility is characterized by increased urban air traffic and advancements in aerial vehicles such as eVTOLs. This is the era where the importance of accurate weather awareness -both in real time and forecasted- cannot be overstated. The complexities of weather patterns are no longer mere conversation starters; they are strategic elements that demand our attention.

In aviation, safety comes first. Beyond the basic concerns of rainfall or visibility, our focus extends to micro-level details – gusts and turbulence, wind shears, icing risks, and other atmospheric conditions that might influence take-off and landing operations or flight paths. The ability to understand and forecast them with accuracy is safeguarding not only passengers but also the assets and investments of aviation enterprises.

While safety is the cornerstone of the aviation industry, efficiency is its currency. Optimizing air mobility relies on the smart use of weather insights. Pilots and air traffic controllers armed with real-time meteorological data can chart courses that not only ensure the safety of the journey but also minimize energy consumption and maximize service availability, translating directly into operational efficiency, cost savings, and reducing the environmental impacts.

Unlocking urban air mobility with meteorological mastery

As we imagine a landscape where urban air mobility becomes a daily reality, the significance of weather forecasts magnifies. Picture a fleet of eVTOLs (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft) navigating through an urban landscape and bustling skies – their operational success is heavily impacted by the ever-changing weather conditions. Urban landscapes also create complex wind patterns, thus detecting wind shear and sudden gusts near vertiports - the hubs for eVTOLs, like air taxis, cargo drones or even emergency service drones - is crucial; Vertiports must have access to real-time, ultra-local weather data.  

Reliable real-time weather data plays a crucial role in advancing sustainable air traffic and supporting their operational integration into our urban skies.
Our remote sensing solutions for urban operations offer real-time, ultra-local weather data, enabling informed decision-making for pilots and operators. Sensors such as our ceilometers, visibility sensors and our profiling and scanning lidars to mention but a few, offer critical weather data - all essential for safe eVTOL operations.

Data for decisions

In the aviation industry the discussions are shifting towards a more nuanced appreciation of meteorological data. It is no longer a matter of mere adherence to safety protocols; it is about leveraging this data as a strategic asset. Informed decision-making, driven by accurate weather information, both observational and forecasted, is becoming a distinguishing factor in the competitive aviation landscape.

We recognize that the future of air mobility is intricately tied to our meteorological prowess. As we look toward a future of air mobility, whether it is urban eVTOL systems or innovations in aeronautical technologies, reliable weather insights emerge as the linchpin of strategic success. 

Vaisala will be playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of our skies at Airspace World 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland from March 19th to 21st. You can catch Fernando Trolia Slamic's presentation of Vaisala's ultra-local weather solutions for Advanced Air Mobility at the Wing Theatre on Wednesday, March 20 at 2:30pm.

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