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FAA to end DUATS contract in MayFAA to end DUATS contract in May

The FAA will discontinue the Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUATS II) Program on May 16, according to an announcement posted on the FAA Safety Team website.

The Federal Aviation Administration is one of the many government agencies that have influence over general aviation. Photo by David Tulis.

Pilots will still be able to access internet-based services including weather and aeronautical information, flight plan filing, and automated services at no charge at the flight service website, and are encouraged to register to use it, said the March 13 announcement.

The FAA will work with the two current DUATS II providers, Leidos and CSRA Inc., during the transition by “conducting pilot outreach, establishing commercial interfaces, and providing user migration assistance,” it said.

Leidos and CSRA Inc. will post banners on their websites alerting pilots to the change and detailing options available for receiving online weather briefings. An option available to pilots is the AOPA Flight Planner, which offers a free preflight briefing service through Leidos.

The functioning of the flight service website, operated by Leidos, will continue as usual after the end of DUATS II, said Rune Duke, AOPA senior director of airspace, air traffic, and security.

“AOPA will be supporting pilots during this transition and will work with the vendors to ensure that briefings and flight plan filing remains seamless,” he said.

DUAT services were first offered in 1989, and their introduction is credited with helping pilots transition to using automated information services, Duke said, noting that the decision to end the DUATS II contract at the end of its current one-year extension “was based on agency cost savings and an increase by pilots in the utilization of other methods of accessing preflight briefings, including commercial vendors.”

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz

Associate Editor Web
Associate Editor Web Dan Namowitz has been writing for AOPA in a variety of capacities since 1991. He has been a flight instructor since 1990 and is a 30-year AOPA member.
Topics: Advocacy, Pilot Weather Briefing Services, Flight Planning

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