Use of aircraft in snow surveying

TitleUse of aircraft in snow surveying
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1954
AuthorsCodd, A. R., and Nelson M. W.
Conference Name22nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 22nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1954
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
KeywordsAircraft use in snow surveys, Snow survey transportation

The advantages and disadvantages of using airplanes in snow surveying are described and comparative cost data for overland surveying are tabulated. Airplanes are successfully employed on several snow course at the present time. The chief obstacle to their use is possible adverse weather conditions at the time the survey is scheduled, and the possibility of taking off from a dry airport and landing on a snow covered pasture near the snow course. Comparison indicates that the cost of measuring courses by air are more consistent, but other aspects of cost are difficult to compare. A few general specifications for snow landings at elevations from 5000-10,000 feet are given.