Photo courtesy of London Heliport
London Heliport is in the process of upgrading its communications equipment to meet the new 8.33 mHz spacing regulations for very high frequency ground-to-air communications. A new transmitter, receiver, voice switch and recording equipment are part of the upgrades, which are due to be completed by the end of April.
This is part of a partnership agreement with the U.K.'s meteorological office to upgrade available sensor equipment. This will enable the London Heliport to disseminate METAR weather report data widely to the aviation community. Preparatory work is complete and installation of new sensor equipment is expected to commence this month with regulatory approval from the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority. Then a three-month trial will test the reliability of observations and the data produced.