Weather Institute told to monitor airport winds

IPMA charged with studying wind

Wind evident at Madeira airport as plane compensates

NAV Portugal has provided clarification that the Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA, should take responsibility for monitoring and studying the winds at Madeira airport in a parliamentary hearing in the Autonomous Region.

Following the Public Tender developed by NAV Portugal for the Supply and Installation of a system for detecting and alerting turbulence and wind shear at Madeira Airport, the administrator of NAV Portugal Pedro Ângelo was heard in mid-May at the 2nd Permanent Commission for Economy, Finance and Tourism of the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, after request of the PSD Parliamentary Group in the Legislative Assembly of Madeira for clarifications on the development of this project.

“Starting by informing that the procedure for the supply and installation of a system for detecting and alerting turbulence and wind shear at Madeira Airport was awarded on the 16th of May, and the award of the same to competitors on the electronic contracting platform was communicated used for this purpose, stressed that this acquisition process – with very specific characteristics – required a lot of preparation time”, is informed in a note sent to our newsroom.

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“The preparatory work was aimed at safeguarding the installation sites and providing clarifications for the correct presentation of proposals by potential interested parties, having carried out visits to the site with them (site surveys), procedures that always relied on the monitoring by advisors from the Regional Government of Madeira. The implementation of the MAD WINDS project foresees an execution period, after the adjudication, of around 620 days, with its completion scheduled for the summer of 2025”.

Pedro Ângelo reminded the parliamentarians that “it was not so clear that NAV Portugal’s statutory attributions were to acquire this meteorological equipment, but that, having assumed this commitment within the scope of the Working Group, the company will honour it.”

He also noted that NAV Portugal “prioritized the acquisition of this system, and it cannot in any way be inferred that there were political reasons that promoted the delay in conducting this process, but rather – and only – those arising from the pandemic period that devastated us globally, at a time when it was absolutely unwise to go ahead with projects of this size and the company’s revenues were heavily penalized.”

Administrator Pedro Ângelo finally underlined that “IPMA will be responsible for monitoring data and studying winds, with the availability of NAV Portugal, EPE – May 18, 2023 equipment, and that it will be up to the regulator national review of the wind limits of that aerodrome.”

With the launch of this tender for the acquisition of LIDAR and RADAR BAND X, NAV Portugal reiterates its commitment to all stakeholders involved, in the search for a solution that meets the interests and expectations of users and the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

7 thoughts on “Weather Institute told to monitor airport winds”

  1. This would seem to be at odds with President Albuquerque quoted in the Jornal this morning saying that he was he will talk to a visiting minister about increasing the wind limits at the airport. Can politicians take life and death decisions without consulting expert opinions? – just to pack a few more tourists in?

  2. Perhaps Albuqurque could stand at the end of the runway and stop the wind. Just because he thinks that modern planes are more sophisticated. What happens when an old one comes along?

  3. Look at who this guy is reporting too, not one of the groups responsibilities include H and S and by golly,anyone with half a sight can see how Madeira focuses on that subject matter. Its woefully short.
    Will they next lower the standards required by the pilots, we have had a few hair raising landings with the current allowable wind speeds. One major accident with any new approaches and tourism will take a nose dive, why fix something that isn’t actually broken.


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