|Quoting dairbus (Reply 15):|
The program is a partnership with the National Weather Service. Rumor is the NWS is absolutely thrilled with the data they get from the airplanes. They also have other airlines participating in the experiment but he doesn't know who.
From the Spectra Sensor website:
4.0 State of the WVSS-II Network in the U.S.
As of June 2012, there are 56 WVSS-II equipped aircraft in the U.S. network, including 25 units installed on UPS 757-200 aircraft, and 31 units installed on Southwest Airlines (SWA) 737-300 aircraft. An additional 36 units are scheduled for installation in 2012 on SWA 737700 aircraft. Figure 3 illustrates the data collected from the aircraft that were in operation within the U.S. during a 24 hour period, June 13, 2012. While there are still many areas in space and time that have yet to be covered, this demonstrates the growing spatial and temporal coverage that is obtained through aircraft observations with WVSS-II.
There are 12 WVSS-II units currently delivered to various organizations in Europe for use in operational and research applications. Short term plans are in place for further expansion in Europe. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has also begun to expand their AMDAR network, starting with 3 WVSS-II units in 2012. Planning is underway for implementations at various other National Meteorological and Hydrological Services around the world.
While researching this topic earlier I'm quite sure I saw that LH
was the European participant in the program.