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Aircraft Operations

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Hurricane symbols on NOAA WP-3D Orion N43RF
August 8, 2012
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Frequently Asked Question

Why aren't NOAA's Hurricane Hunter planes torn apart in storm?

Planes are generally not destroyed by strong winds while in flight. Airliners routinely fly in jet streams with winds exceeding 150 mph over the U.S. during the winter. It's the shear, or sudden change in horizontal or vertical winds, that can destroy an aircraft, or cause its loss of control. That's why NOAA's Hurricane Hunter aircraft don't fly through tornadoes. In a like manner, NOAA pilots and crew routinely (but never casually) fly in the high-wind environment of the hurricane and don't fear it tearing the plane apart. However, they are always monitoring for "hot spots" of severe weather and shear that they can often identify on radar and avoid if it's too severe.

NOAA WP-3D Navigator at His Station
November 5, 2015
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NOAA WP-3D Flight Director
September 15, 2014
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NOAA DHC-6 Twin Otter on the ramp
November 4, 2015
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Twin Otter schematics
November 4, 2015
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) Aircraft Operations Manual provides guidance to AOC personnel for the execution of their flight duties. It contains information and instructions on the manner in which manned and unmanned AOC flight operations shall be conducted.

Small UAS in flight
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Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) The UAS Division of OMAO's Uncrewed Systems Operations Center provides policy input, oversight, and guidance for all of NOAA’s UAS operations. Located at the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center in...
NOAA Aircraft on the Ramp at AOC Oct 2013
October 1, 2013
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