Special Issue "Weather Impacts on Uncrewed Aircraft"

A special issue of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X). This special issue belongs to the section "Drone Design and Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 54

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kevin Adkins
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Guest Editor
College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA
Interests: UAS applications; aircraft design & flight test; micrometeorology; advanced air mobility
Prof. Dr. Jamey Jacob
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Guest Editor
Unmanned Systems Research Institute, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
Interests: aerodynamics; UAV design & flight testing; vortex dynamics; flow control; bio-fluid flow; plasma physics; inflatable aerostructures
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Prof. Dr. Joachim Reuder
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Geophysical Institute and Bergen Offshore Wind Centre, University of Bergen, N-5007 Bergen, Norway
Interests: development and application of UAS for atmospheric measurements; boundary layer meteorology; turbulence; wind energy meteorology; renewable energy and energy transition; polar meteorology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) seeks to bring safe, accessible, affordable, and automated aerial services and transportation for cargo and passengers. The aircraft participating in this new air transportation system span from small multirotors to larger uncrewed aircraft (UA) that transport people. Most of these operations will take place between the surface and 1500 m above the ground, i.e., typically within the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), and span both urban and rural areas. Although this is a portion of the atmosphere that traditional manned aircraft have quickly passed through during ascent and descent, this is a new environment for sustained aviation operations and one that is characterized by highly variable meteorological conditions and high levels of atmospheric turbulence. Consequently, flight conditions can change dramatically across very short temporal and spatial scales. Exacerbating this challenging environment are the use of aircraft with lower mass, moment of inertia, thrust, and speed, thus making them extremely sensitive to their ambient environment. 

This Special Issue aims to bring together the considerations that must be given to UA design and flight operations due to the wide variety of anticipated weather conditions for AAM operations. We welcome submissions that consider the wide variety of weather impacts and considerations, including, but not limited to:

  • Aircraft design;
  • Aircraft flight test;
  • Sensor development and testing;
  • Weather forecasting;
  • Weather forecasting products;
  • Environmental characterization;
  • Mission planning;
  • Measurement platforms of opportunity.

Dr. Kevin Adkins
Prof. Dr. Jamey Jacob
Prof. Dr. Joachim Reuder
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Drones is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • uncrewed aircraft
  • drone
  • atmospheric boundary layer
  • aviation weather
  • advanced air mobility
  • atmospheric physics
  • UAS traffic management
  • weather forecasting
  • trajectory planning
  • aircraft sensors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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