ADB SAFEGATE subsidiary to replace AWOS at Michigan airports

ADB SAFEGATE subsidiary to replace AWOS at Michigan airports
The F1 Standalone is the latest generation of FAA-certified AWOS from DBT

DBT Transportation Services, an ADB SAFEGATE subsidiary, has been awarded a $3.7mn contract to replace 42 non-federal automated weather observing systems (AWOS) in Michigan.

The contract was awarded by the US state’s Department of Transportation.

According to ADB SAFEGATE, the new “future-forward technology” systems will be FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) compliant with configurations covering every type from AWOS A through AWOS IV Z including the AWOS III P/T type currently being installed in Michigan.

DBT developed the F1 Standalone AWOS (F1 STA) in compliance with the FAA Advisory Circular 150/5220-16, while taking into consideration comments and recommendations from the US aviation industry, including the Michigan Aeronautics Commission and MDOT, the company said.

The F1 STA is the latest generation of FAA-certified AWOS from DBT.

Nick Haines, ADB SAFEGATE’s vice president for the Americas, said: “The F1 STA AWOS is the perfect upgrade from existing non-federal AWOS from DBT, including the AW10, AW20 and AWOS 3000 – taking the product line to the next level and offering customers the most advanced and flexible FAA certified AWOS on the market today.”

The first four airports to receive the automated weather observing systems are Saginaw County H.W. Browne Airport, Wexford County Airport, Fitch H. Beach Airport and Marquette Sawyer Regional Airport.

A bench system has also been delivered for ongoing testing purposes.

A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Office of Aeronautics said the department is “pleased the Michigan Legislature recognised the need for upgraded AWOS equipment across the state”.

“Used for a variety of weather reporting activities, not just aviation, AWOS provides the accurate weather data that we all depend on daily.

“[The Office of Aeronautics], in co-operation with DBT, will provide the highest quality products and services to our airport AWOS stations with this much anticipated system upgrade.”

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