SP2 High IWC Flight tests Campaigns

Lead: AIRBUS
Involved Partners: AIRBUS, BOM, CNRS, CIRA, DASSAV, ATM, DLR, INCAS, ONERA

Objectives

The main objective of SP2 is to organise, manage and conduct two flight test campaigns in 2014 and in 2016. In the first flight test campaign, it brings, in collaboration with HIWC US study, the French Falcon 20 equipped with active remote sensing (airborne cloud radar) and in situ microphysics probes. In the second flight test campaign, SP2 brings for the first time a Flying Test Platform (large payload and long endurance Airbus flight test A/C) to the industrial and scientific community for validation and demonstration of the maturity of the technologies (up to Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL6)) developed within HAIC project. Finally, based on these measurements and previous results from Airbus field campaigns in 2010 and 2012, SP2 will characterize the microphysical properties of High IWC regions.

Main Activities

The main activities which will be performed within SP2 include the two field experiments, i.e., the HAIC/HIWC International Flight Test (F/T) campaign in the first quarter of 2014 and the Airbus aircraft F/T campaign in the first quarter of 2016. In addition, SP2 involves the processing of aircraft data and the retrieval of microphysical properties of high IWC regions from the two experiments (Darwin and Airbus aircraft). Furthermore, SP2 will assess the proposed mixed phase and glaciated icing conditions envelope, as defined in Appendix D/P (FAA NPRM 10-10 (Notice for Proposed Rule Making), EASA NPA 2011-03/04 and NPA 2012-22/23 (Notice for Proposed Amendment)), in light of the analysis of the flight test data set from the core areas of tropical oceanic and continental convection. Finally, SP2 will provide support to maturity demonstration of SP1 and SP4 technologies.

Main Results

The main results expected to be achieved within SP2 include the comprehensive characterization of High Ice Water Content (IWC) regions and the demonstration in a representative environment of the performances of the technologies developed as part of SP1 (instrumentation) and SP4 (detection system, radar).

You can view the progress of SP2 here.

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