General Aviation is safe, but the statistics suggest there is room for improvement. One of the potentially most important improvements for this segment of aviation is to upgrade the quality, currency and accuracy of the information to GA pilots. The FAA awarded a contract to Lockheed and Computer Science Corporation for the provision of pre-flight services, called the Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUATS) II via an online website.
The GA pilots will have easy access through the internet to:
- current weather conditions,
- Notices to Airmen,
- Temporary Flight Restrictions,
- airport closures,
- graphics which better display a specific route and assistance when planning during adverse weather conditions and
- weather information in plain language and with interpretation tools.
The DUATS II will be available on the ground and during flight. The underlying weather systems reflect the companies’ investments in research and development activities supporting the deployment of innovative flight services.
Paul Engola, vice president of Transportation and Financial Solutions for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions, commented:
“As a proven leader in aviation services for over a decade, Lockheed Martin has been entrusted with providing safety and critical flight planning information for general aviation… With the DUATS II online offering, we are extending our full-service expertise throughout the aviation community at significant value to our customer.”
DUATS II comes with a full support plan and the transition will be facilitated by a series of live and on-demand broadcast webinars and YouTube videos to assist new users in joining the thousands of fellow pilots using the online component of flight services.
That’s a promising path to the future of GA safety.
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