AUTOMATING SOME MEASUREMENTS DURING OPERATION S.A.F.E WORKSHOPS
Roberto Barbosa, Y Chui
Contact: Roberto Barbosa
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department
Summary: Operation S.A.F.E. workshops, commonly known as “fly-ins” are very helpful to agricultural pilots in “fine tuning” their aircraft. During the fly-in several ancillary measurements are taken such as: aircraft speed, aircraft spray release height, air temperature and relative humidity, wind speed and direction. Most of those measurements are taken by people operating the flight line with the help of some instruments. It is very common in a fly-in not to have people used to take those measurements, or not to have enough people to take note of all measurements. Automation of some of these measurements could improve accuracy and reliability of measurements during the fly-in. In this paper we describe an attempt to automate some of those measurements and the results of our testing.