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Optical Sensors

The CS120A Atmospheric Visibility Sensor and PWS100 Present Weather Sensor give visibility information; the PWS100 and CS125 Present Weather and Visibility Sensor also provide present weather as METAR codes. These sensors comply with CAA and ICAO guidance, and meet or exceed all recommendations and specifications. (This includes CAP437, CAP670, and CAP746.)

Campbell Scientific Data Loggers

Campbell Scientific data loggers are reliable and robust, and more than capable of all data collection and signal processing required. Calculations of QFE and QNH from pressure sensors, including comparisons between multiple sensors, are possible. 

To see how our systems meet your application needs, review our case studies »

AWOS for Airports

WEATHERPAK for airfield

Campbell Scientific’s AWOS (automated weather observing systems) 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 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 and/or solar power, Campbell Scientific’s web-based Aviation INTERCEPT® display software, user workstations, and a variety of communication options—cable modems, fiber optic, UHF/VHF/spread-spectrum radios, wireless mesh networks, and Ethernet/IP. 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 to 15 years after installation.

AWOS for Heliports


Campbell Scientific AWOS (automated weather observing systems) 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 Campbell Scientific’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 compliance
  • Automatically generated weather reports
  • Optional voice broadcast directly to pilots

Portable AWOS

Portable AWOS

Campbell Scientific’s portable aviation weather stations are designed specifically to meet the demands of tactical or rapid deployment use. Built with Campbell Scientific’s rugged WEATHERPAK® technology, these systems can 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 (automated weather observing systems) 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

Runway Visual Range

Runway Visual Range (RVR) for airports is an automated system that consists of visibility measurements, background luminance (or ambient light) measurements, and a Runway Light Intensity Monitor (RLIM). These data are processed in Campbell Scientific’s Aviation INTERCEPT® software to determine the actual distance a pilot should be able to see down the runway, and either automatically or manually determine the intensity settings of the runway lights.

Campbell Scientific’s system is both flexible and scalable. A basic RVR system includes a three-meter tower, Field Data Collection Unit (FDCU), visibility sensor, ambient light (luminance) sensor, and Aviation INTERCEPT® software. An optional RLIM can be added for automatic detection of runway light levels. Multiple options are available for each sensor.

Campbell Scientific can customize power and telecommunications according to customer requirements.


Aviation INTERCEPT software

This web-based software for aviation weather displays all relevant weather and Runway Visual Range (RVR) data in an easy-to-read, simple-to-navigate format. INTERCEPT®️ is designed to assist air traffic control in the acquisition, processing, and display of useful data for observers, researchers, maintenance, and technicians. INTERCEPT®️ is also a useful tool for scientists and researchers in exporting and applying weather data. Features include:

  • Automatic METAR/SPECI reports (other report formats available: SNOP, CLIMAT, TAF, etc.)
  • ICAO/FAA/WMO/FMH-1 approved algorithms
  • Remote maintenance monitoring
  • Display screens available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian
  • Compatible with Windows®️ Vista 8 or higher, Windows®️ Server 2008 or higher, or Linux


Customize a System

Most of the systems we sell are customized. Tell us what you need and we'll help you configure a system that meets your exact needs.

Case Studies

Central Africa: Airport Weather System
Campbell Scientific’s system integrator, AUDIMOBIL LDA, recently upgraded the airport weather system in the more
Portugal: Cloud Base and Visibility Sensors for Military Aviation
AUDIMOBIL recently installed an Automatic Weather Station in a Portuguese Military Air Base, to more
Mexico: Six Airports Get Automatic Weather Stations
Weather is, of course, a critical component of safe and efficient air travel. Pilots, navigators, more
Alaska: Aviation Weather
One of the primary goals of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is to reduce more

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to Aviation Weather: 1

  1. Most Campbell Scientific systems are built from individual components. This provides maximum flexibility for our customers, but it does not lend itself to pricing a "typical" system. Contact Campbell Scientific for assistance in pricing a system to meet the unique needs of the application.

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