including aviation events in S.E. Q'ld, Airfields, Flying Stories and general interest.
Does anyone have any details of the contemplated system, its installation date and whether the output (access) will be available on our WEB page.
Another great innovation! Where will the camera be located?
The funds paying for the weather station are from Dick Smith, a gift. I wouldn't like to see this donation absorbed into the general running expenses.
1. Departing and arriving flights, flight planning and management.
2. Transiting flights -flight planning and management including traffic considerations
3. Promotion of Fuel sales
4 Promotion of the Airfield.
5. Planning for attendance at Watts bridge events.
Watts Bridge Airfield is in a very strategic location with respect to Amberley Military Airspace and adjacent high terrain. It is also adjacent to the NW routes for arrivals and departures to/from Archerfield, Redcliffe and Kilcoy.
I think it is a great enhancement and will promote informed flight planning and management.
"" A picture is worth a thousand words ""
The station will be part of a national network of similar stations that Dick Smith has so generously funded so there will be a potentially large number of pilots who will use it. We are indeed fortunate to be a part of this network of strategically located weather stations.
Examples of webcam output.
Announcement at AOPA Conference at Avalon Air Show March 2017
I think that now is a good time for more information and some background to the Weather Station and Weather Cameras which are to be installed at Watts Bridge in the near future - probably 2 to 3 months. This initiative is being financed by a most generous donation from Dick Smith. Add to that the recent WBMA connection to the NBN which is the other requirement for uploading images and data to the website. Data upload estimates are approximately 10GB/month.
The weather station hardware which has been selected is a Davis Vantage Pro 2 Wireless Weather Station with Standard Radiation Shield and WeatherLinkIP Data Logger / Software. The Davis products are highly regarded in the weather station community, have Australian distributors, and offer good warranty and after sales service. In addition, replacement components such as Anarometers and Wind Vanes are readily available and fairly priced.
The weather station provides real time data, with specialist software required to get customized weather information and displays onto the website. I have been playing around with this for many years and on a personal level it is wonderful to see this finally coming to fruition.
The information which will be provided by way of analogue style gauges includes.....
- Real time gauges for Wind Strength, Wind Direction and a Wind Rose,
- Barometric pressure,
- Temperature and Dew Point,
- Rain Fall and Rain Rate,
There is a working prototype of the gauges display on the website at http://www.wattsbridge.com.au/weatherstation/gauges.php
Please note that the prototype gauges page is NOT being driven by the Davis, which is still on order. For testing and development purposes I am using a cheapo Chinese station I have which was all but destroyed in the recent hail storm at Watts. Please note that this page may NOT be updating 24/7 at present.
In addition to the gauges page there will be tabular data for Current Conditions, Today's Maxs and Mins, Today (so far) Vs Yesterday Max and Mins, Monthly Records, Annual Records and All Time Records. In time to come there may also be year to year monthly records.
In addition to the Weather Station, it is envisaged that there will be four Weather Cameras, nominally aimed at the North, East, South and West horizons. This will allow for an excellent appraisal of weather conditions at the field. Most pilots now carry an in-cockpit internet connected device such as an iPhone, iPad or other tablet for secondary navigational guidance. The cameras will allow a pilot to make informed decisions as to the weather conditions they can expect to encounter from the direction from which they are coming. Situational awareness makes for good decisions and outcomes. In addition, members will also be able to make an appraisal of conditions at the airfield prior to driving (or flying) to Watts Bridge.
The choice of camera is still under evaluation, but the most likely candidate is the Foscam Fi9900EP. Once again, Australian distributors, reasonable warranty etc etc. I have a sample unit looking out across the backyard at home allowing the development of the scripts which upload the images and then display them. Very very much work in progress at
Please note that this page may NOT be updating 24/7 at present.
In addition to the big ticket items there will be additional equipment to tie it all together.
- Laptop Computer (HP SSHD?) to run the weather station software and allow the system to be remotely monitored,
- LAN Router / Switch to connect the cameras and weather station,
- The LAN will also allow for other WBMA Office functions, print spooling, guest connections to the internet etc,
- A UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) to keep the whole system, including the NBN fixed wireless and WIFI networks up and running in the event of a mains power failure.
Final positioning and physical mounting of the equipment is yet to be finalised, but realistically it has to be within close proximity to the WBMA Office. Extensive research indicates that WIFI range extenders and the like simply do not work well outdoors within the budget we have to work with.
I strongly believe that the Weather Station and Weather Cameras will prove to be a great asset for the airfield, pilots flying to the field and the broader membership. Situational awareness enhances safety.
Please allow me to reiterate that this initiative is at absolutely NO cost to the the WBMA members, thanks to the generosity of Dick Smith