FAA commits to maintaining DUAT system

February 14, 2008

FAA commits to maintaining DUAT system

By AOPA ePublishing staff

Pilots who rely on electronic sources for weather and briefing information can rest easy— DUAT will be around for at least five more years.

The FAA has announced plans to initiate a five-year contract for the continuation of DUAT services. That’s good news for pilots because for the past few years the FAA has only renewed the existing DUAT contract for six- to nine-month periods, leaving the long-term future of the system in doubt. By committing to a five-year contract, the agency is signaling its intent to keep the system operating.

“AOPA has supported DUAT as an efficient and cost-effective briefing tool,” said AOPA Executive Vice President Andy Cebula. “This longer term contract gives pilots the reassurance that the FAA will continue to make this valuable safety service available.”

The current DUAT contract is set to expire June 30, but potential vendors have only until March 25 to submit their proposals to the FAA.

February 14, 2008