September 26, 2022

The plane will enter service in January 2018 and will play an important role in preparing the weather forecast for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Olympics.

The plane is King Air 350 HW and is part of a line of utility aircraft manufactured by the US company Beechcraft. The plane is 4.37 m high, 14.22 m long and 17.65 m wide. It can fly for up to 6 hours and reach altitudes of approximately 32,000 feet (10 km).

Airplanes are equipped with a dropsonde, a consumable meteorological device designed to fall from an altitude to measure conditions such as barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, wind direction, and wind speed.

Twenty-five types of aircraft equipment can measure cloud particles and precipitation and analyze greenhouse gases.

“The launch of this meteorological surface will improve our understanding and responsiveness to meteorological disasters,” said Nam Jae-chul, director of the Korea Meteorological Administration.