Multiple options for requestable facilities exist. These include the University of
Wyoming King Air (UWKA) with both facility-supported and user-supplied instrumentation,
as well as the Wyoming Cloud Radar (WCR) and Wyoming Cloud Lidars (WCL) on either
the UWKA or other NSF aircraft.
With the development of the Next Generation King Air, the University of Wyoming will be unable to support any flight requests before 2024.
Progress reports on the next-generation Wyoming King Air can be found here. Deployment of the Wyoming Cloud Radar and Cloud Lidars on other NSF aircraft will
be available during this process.
Those wanting to request either the UWKA and/or the WCR should work closely with UWKA
facility management team. The completion of all upgrades, including new lidar, radar,
and communication capabilities will come online from 2023 into mid-late 2024, depending
on other NSF obligations. We will continue to update this page as development of the
Next Generation King Air progresses. See the UWKA Planning Calendar for upcoming projects and scheduling for the UWKA.
Several routes exist for UWKA facility requests, depending on whether they follow
NSF Track 1 or Track 3 routes, or are funded outside of the NSF. The UWKA facility has completed many projects outside of NSF sponsorship, however,
availability for NSF projects is prioritized under the facility’s cooperative agreement
sponsorship. The UWKA facility manager and personnel are available to assist potential
investigators at all stages of the project request, for questions regarding flight
operations, project payload and instrument development, and project logistics. Please
note that, following announced changes to NSF's Facilities and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP), all UWKA facility requests must be made via a facility-specific request form. Please
contact the Facility Manager (Jeff French) or Associate Facility Manager (Matthew Burkhart) to obtain this request form.
Each request is assessed by UWKA facility personnel for feasibility in terms of intended
payload, flight operations, and project logistics, as well as anticipated budgetary
needs. This assessment occurs for both NSF and non-NSF projects. The investigator(s)
may be contacted at this time to answer additional questions regarding various aspects
of the project. Facility personnel will attempt to work through any potential issues
noted during the feasibility assessment, in order to give each project as high a chance
of success as possible given operational and availability constraints. Requests may
be made at this point to adjust payload, logistics, or other parameters as needed
to maintain feasibility while accomplishing the project’s goals.
Once the request passes feasibility analysis, the project will be committed to the
UWKA’s deployment calendar. Once the NSF proposal is funded, or (for a non-NSF project)
a contract has been finalized, the UWKA team will begin working with the investigator(s)
The Wyoming Cloud Radar and Lidar are requestable for deployment aboard the UWKA or other platforms with support through
the LAOF Deployment Pool, typically the NSF/NCAR C-130. The request process follows the same procedure as for the UWKA via NSF Tracks 1
or 3, or for non-NSF funding. When requests are submitted to the UWKA facility, additional
instrument-specific request forms should be submitted for the WCR and/or WCL.
More detailed information on the UWKA's capabilities and measurements can be found
here. Additional details regarding facility instrument capabilities and requests are also
available for the Wyoming Cloud Radar and the Wyoming Cloud Lidar. Click here for a summary of requestable base facility measurements.
Jeff French | (307) 766-4143
Associate Facility Manager:
Matt Burkhart | (307) 766-4150
Tom Drew | (307) 766-2417
Engineering and Maintenance Group:
Nick Mahon | (307) 760-3703