July 8, 2003
Pilots have a rare opportunity to speak directly to the government and tell it to support a valuable aviation resource.
The National Weather Service is currently in the midst of a 30-day trial period in which they are providing 24-hour-a-day technical support for the Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) Web site. NWS would like to make that commitment permanent but needs formal comments from pilots indicating that they find the system useful. AOPA strongly supports the ADDS program and urges members to submit their own comments.
"For the general aviation community, this continued commitment by the government to support the ADDS site is a real step forward," said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Melissa Bailey. "Pilots need to let the government hear that message loud and clear."
From its inception, the ADDS Web site has been considered experimental. It provided a place for the FAA's Aviation Weather Research Program to "beta test" tools for pilots.
The operational ADDS tools and the still-experimental tools such as the Flight Path Tool (a customizable weather graphics page that allows pilots to overlay various weather information, including scroll-over pilot reports, METARs, and TAFs) reside on different Web sites, but NWS provides a link from the operational site to the experimental tools.
In addition to comments on the operational tools, the NWS wants to collect pilot comments about the Flight Path tool.
"The FAA and National Weather Service have really tried to tailor ADDS to fit customer needs," said Bailey. "They're very interested in what pilots like and don't like about the Web site."
Any comments submitted will become part of the public record used to evaluate ADDS. The deadline for submitting comments is September 5, 2003.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>