George D. Harlow Field: Automated Weather Observing System

Automated Weather Observing SystemThe Challenges

  • Oceanside airport with variable weather conditions and frequent fog
  • Lack of reliable weather information
  • Lack of airport access during IFR conditions


Gale’s Solution

  • Met with Airport Commission to document need for All Weather Observing System (AWOS)
  • Prepared FAA and State funding applications
  • Obtained clearance from local Conservation Commission
  • Specified AWOS III unit to include wind speed, wind gust, wind direction, variable wind direction, temperature, dew point, altimeter, pressure, density altitude, visibility, variable visibility, and cloud height
  • Assisted client with bid preparation, ad, evaluation, and bid recommendation
  • Observed installation of AWOS system (Resident Engineering)
  • Provided grant and construction phase services
  • Coordinated with FAA and National Weather Service for commissioning, and FCC  for licensing
  • Prepared grant closeout documentation to include project photographs, closeout forms, and operational manuals