Campaign diary on 26 August 2008
The day of the first Falcon flight: Takeoff was at 07:20 LT from Atsugi Air
Flight duration was about 3h55min, so landing was around 10:55 LT. We all were quite
strained, how this flight would be. Procedures with ATC worked well, but
dropsondes could only only be jected over the Pacific Ocean. During this first flight 9
sondes were dropped, distributed to the GTS by DWD and all arrived at the three forcast models that
we checked (ECMWF, NOGAPS, JMA). The performance of the DIAL system was good,
but the wind lidar had
major problems. The laser was not operating as he was expected to do and no
wind observations were gathered. Rudi's statements to the laser performance were
not very optimistic, but he and the other lidar people started with doing ground
tests immediately in the afternoon.
In the evening it seemed that the wind lidar laser system was operating again.
We decided to do a short test flight on the next day, just to test the
wind lidar system. The mood of the group was a little depressed due to this
Author: Florian H.