Lightning detection – why it matters at every airport

Airplane at the stormy airport
Weather & Environment

Lightning can be hazardous at any airport — impacting operations and risking safety. The amount of lightning at airports varies widely, but the need for accurate lightning detection is the same.

At our next webinar, join us to find out why this is and how to decide whether your airport is prepared. 

Experts will be talking about

  • How lightning can be hazardous in any airport environment
  • Why a lightning detection and warning system is critical for aviation safety and efficiency
  • The airports with the most and fewest lightning strikes, and how it impacts operations 
  • New advancements in global lightning detection and alerting for airports and airlines


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Ronald L. Holle Meteorologist/Consultant  Vaisala

Ronald L. Holle


Ron is a senior scientist and has worked extensively in meteorological education issues, particularly those relating to lightning safety and the demographics of lightning victims. Prior to joining Vaisala, he worked with the NOAA Research Laboratories for 38 years.

He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and a member of the Executive Committee of the African Centres for Lightning & Electromagnetics Network, a pan-African network of centres dedicated to decreasing deaths, injuries and property damage from lightning.



Chris Vagansky, Vaisala

Chris Vagasky

Meteorologist and Lightning Applications Manager

Chris is an operational meteorologist developing operational solutions for data and sensors. He also develops new uses for currently existing weather technologies. His work includes research and educational outreach on operational uses for lightning data and new operational uses for radiosondes. Chris has his background in operational and applied meteorology from Mississippi State University, where he completed his master's degree in 2017.

Hans Loewenheath

Hans Loewenheath

Product Manager - Lightning

Hans joined Vaisala in 2020 with a focus on lightning solutions. He is passionate about discovering customer value and helping organizations improve their safety and efficiency. Prior to joining Vaisala, he worked for 7 years in industrial instrumentation and automation industry in sales, product management, and product marketing.