The Aircraft-Based Monitoring program is currently not active.
Since 1997, this agency has contracted for aircraft equipped with regulatory compliance and research grade ambient air monitoring equipment. The aircraft have flown over 200 missions within and near Texas to gather information about atmospheric chemistry processes, meteorological phenomena, visibility degradation, and regional transport of pollutants in and near Texas. This aircraft collected data has been used to supplement data from the TCEQ ground-based air monitoring network, for inclusion in State Implementation Plans (SIPs), and to support recent state, regional, and national computer modeling studies.
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Past Program Objectives
In August and September of 2006, TCEQ collaborated with researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on aircraft flights during TexAQS II. The goal of these flights was to study the complex meteorological and chemical processes affecting Texas' air quality. Please visit NOAA's 2006 TexAQS web site for more information.
Flight Notification E-mail List
The TCEQ is concerned about the security of the general public and industrial facilities in Texas. Low-flying aircraft can raise safety concerns, so the agency notifies interested persons by e-mail of the general location of a flight before it takes place. Aircraft type, color, and identification (tail) number are provided to enable recognition of a plane as a TCEQ contracted aircraft. Our Aircraft Photos and Instrument Systems page has pictures of the airplanes for precise identification.
(NOTE: The list does not receive e-mails.)
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put "Aircraft-Based Monitoring" in the subject line.)