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NOAA WP-3D "Hurricane Hunters" (2 aircraft)
STATUS
Operational
AVAILABILITY
Generally NOAA-mission specific projects. Reserved for annual hurrcane studies June-October. Project schedules http://www.aoc.noaa.gov/projects.htm. Generally 300-350 base funded flight hours available yearly for each P-3 to qualified NOAA projects. Reimbursable projects considered as schedules allow.
REQUEST PROCEDURE
While NOAA programs are usually planned three years in advance, requests for the use of these aircraft can be made anytime. Requests for aircraft time should be submitted on NOAA Form 56-48 which can be found at: http://www.omao.noaa.gov/fleettimereq.html Instructions for its completion and submission are also located at this website. Any questions regarding this procedure can be addressed to the Chief, Programs, AOC at 813-828-3310 x3076
Airborne Platforms
Lockheed WP-3D "Orion" 4 engine turboprop aircraft for long range environmental research and reconnaissance missions - 2 aircraft.
CONTACT
Dr. James McFadden
NOAA/Aircraft Operations Center
P.O. Box 6829 MacDill AFB, FL 33608-0829
(813) 828-3310 X 3076
jim.d.mcfadden@noaa.gov
http://www.aoc.noaa.gov/
SECONDARY CONTACT
NOAA
ngs.cors@noaa.gov
SPECIFICATIONS
Aircraft TypeLockheed WP-3D "Orion" 4 engine turboprop
PayloadApproximately 62,000 lbs
RangeLOW ALTITUDE - 2500 NM OR 9.5 HIGH ALTITUDE - 3800 NM
Ceilingup to 27,000, depending on weight
Endurance9.5 - 11.5 hours depending on alititude
Capabilityhurricane penetrations; air quality studies; oceanographic research
Airspeed Range200-240 knots TAS depending on altitude
Runway Requirements8,000 ft preferred (density altitude and aircraft weight dependent)
Max Takeoff Weight135,000 lbs
Max Fuel Weight58,000 lbs
Flight Crew10-12
Number of Seats8 - 10
Airworthiness CertificatePublic Use
Typical Usesin situ, remote sensing, cloud physics, turbulence, dropsondes
Data SystemNOAA developed data system for in-situ probes. SIGMET-developed for radar display (RVP-5) and data recording
Special Field Support NeedsGround Power Cart: 60 KVA, 115/230 400Hz Oxygen (gaseous) @ 1800 psi for servicing aircraft Maintenance support equipment, e.g., B-4 stand
Research Power4 Generators (3 are engine driven, 1 Auxiliary Power Unit) each generator yields 120 volt, 3 phase, 400HZ power 90 KVA max power
Cabin Environmentpressurized above 5k ft MSL
Rack Space Availableseveral 19" racks available for user equipment depending on configuration
Available Inletswindow blanks
Available Aperturesavailable - contact AOC for details
Available Hard Pointsinboard and outboard both wings
External Podsprovided by user
Standard Instrumentsin-situ Rosemount temperature probes, cooled mirror dewpoint, INS-GPS positioning, attitude and winds. Lower fuselage C-band stabilized horizontally scanning (PPI) radar, Tail mounted X-band vertically scanning (RHI) Doppler radar.
Training RequirementsSafety and water survival training (see safety requirements at http://www.omao.noaa.gov/aviationsafety/index.html
CommunicationsINMARSAT, IRIDIUM satellite. VHF, UHF and HF for science communication. Marine band available on request.
Available InstrumentsPMS FSSP, 2D-C and 2D-P cloud physics. Aerolsol sampler, Sea Surface temp radiometer, CO2 in cloud temperature, Eppley soloar and terrestrial pyranometer and pyrgeometer
Other SystemsGPS dropwindsonde atmospheric profiling system Airborne Expendable Bathythermographs (AXBT’s) C-band and Ku-band scatterometers Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer Radome Flow Angle Sensors
User SupportPI coordination and planning through the AOC designated Project Manager.
REFERENCES
Aircraft characteristics are documented at http://www.aoc.noaa.gov/aircraft_lockheed.htm
UPDATED ON
16 Oct 2009 05:43