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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

The First Domestic Y8C Used for Artificial Rainfall was Put Into Use in Henan

In November, a Y8C aircraft refit in Henan province for artificial rainfall smoothly passed the experts’ acceptance test in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, and formally went into use. This Y8C aircraft is the first one specially refit for artificial weather intervention in mainland China and it will play a major role in supporting the artificial weather intervention tasks in Henan province and the inter-region artificial weather intervention task all over Henan, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu. As an important segment in the Clouds Water Resources Development Project in Henan, the aircraft is equipped with an internationally advanced cloud physical detection facility, and is installed with three advanced catalytic devices, including the pyrotechnic flare generating unit, the flare seeding unit and liquid carbon dioxide seeding unit. Moreover, the aircraft is equipped with the nationally advanced BeiDou (COMPASS) Aircraft Positioning Satellite System and wireless voice communications equipment. The endurance, flight level and load weight of this aircraft is twice that of the previously used Y7 aircraft. This Y8C, used for artificial weather intervention, is equipped with the most advanced and most complete equipment. After carrying out field survey and tests, the experts from the Department of Emergency Response, Disaster Mitigation and Public Services of China’s Meteorological Administration, the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Air Force of the CPLA unanimously agreed that the refit aircraft overall had reached the domestic leading level and was ready for use. It has built a good platform for the exploration and study of the artificial weather intervention science and for scientifically carrying out the trans-district teamwork. During the drought in Henan this year, the Henan Meteorological Bureau had used this aircraft seven times to perform the trans-district artificial weather intervention, which had greatly eased the severe drought and contributed much to the growth of wheat and played an important role in reducing the forest fire danger rating and improving the ecological environment. Lu Zhangong, Secretary of the Henan Provincial Party Committee of the CPC, specifically gave instructions that he fully approved the results achieved by the new aircraft in artificial weather intervention.
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