Skyguide teams with MeteoSwiss on weather radar maintenance

Skyguide, Switzerland´s air navigation services provider, has newly assumed responsibility for technical maintenance activities at the weather radar facilities of MeteoSwiss, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, at La Dôle, on Monte Lema and on the Albis Ridge.
The new collaboration also extends to providing maintenance for two further MeteoSwiss radar stations which are currently being planned for sites in the Valais and Grisons regions.
From this year onwards, it is planned that skyguide will make twice-yearly maintenance visits to the various weather radar stations that are operated by MeteoSwiss. The first such visit is scheduled to take place in April 2012 for the Monte Lema facility.
The new-generation radars which MeteoSchweiz began to install last year provide, among others, higher resolution pictures and more detailed information on storm cells and areas of precipitation. The data supplied are of great importance to numerous domains of activities such as aviation, insurance, agriculture, civil protection and tourism.
Skyguide will also be offering an on-call exceptional maintenance service under the new collaboration. “We have been working closely with MeteoSwiss for some time,” says Robert Stadler, Head of Skyguide Technical Services. “So we´re delighted that they have chosen us as their partner to maintain their weather radar stations, and we look forward to further intensifying our collaboration.”