Recent Advancements in the TAMDAR Sensor Network Expansion
The TAMDAR sensor was originally deployed by AirDat in December 2004 on a fleet operated by Mesaba Airlines as a part of the NASA-sponsored Great Lakes Fleet Experiment.
Over the last 11 years, the equipage of the sensors has expanded beyond the continental United States (CONUS) to include most of North and Central America and Europe on more than 14 fleets as well as a few research aircraft. In April 2013, AirDat and the TAMDAR sensor network technology were acquired by Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC).
An update will be provided on the status of the TAMDAR sensor network deployment and data availability, as well as an update on data quality, error statistics, and operational forecasting utility, both from soundings and various data assimilation techniques.