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SUPERAWOS - Does a lot more for pilots, for a whole lot less...
IS SUPERAWOS
AIP ELIGIBLE?

"One [system] that may exceed the minimum standards or specifications of a traditional AWOS"
"I am pleased to confirm that the Superunicom, aka SuperAWOS,
has been certified for use and is eligible for funding from AIP."

                      
Catherine Lang, FAA Associate Administrator for Airports

FAA Confirmation
Certification & Funding

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Traditional AWOS systems meet minimum specifications, for what they do, as defined within AC 150-5220-16D
Not offering any difference recognized by AIP, price becomes the ONLY difference, and the lowest bid meeting the minimum specification wins

HOWEVER

Unique technologies MAY become eligible under AIP
Determined on a case by case basis

(As above, for SuperAWOS)


Another Example: There is only ONE supplier of EMAS, and yet EMAS IS eligible under AIP
By offering unique benefits to safety

The FAA encourages and supports airport sponsors
To maximize flight safety

 

HOW AIP WORKS FOR FLIGHT SAFETY  
PROVIDES
ADDITIONAL
SAFETY FEATURES
Unique to SuperAWOS
Multiple Patents-Sole Source
AIP Eligible!

Unique Automated Pilot Greeting
Greets inbound pilots
Informs pilots of SU presence and use


ALSO
AIP ELIGIBLE
w/ SUPERAWOS

Why Not Get The BEST?

Unique Radio Check
Verifies Pilots Transmissions & Reception
Quality, Power and Clarity
Density Altitude Warning w/ R-Check

Unique Weather Features
Instantaneous Real-Time Winds
Crosswind, Wind shear
Sudden Wind Shift to Runway
Preferred Calm Wind Runway
Recommended Right Pattern
Conditions Favor Runway XX
Traffic Advisory
Alerts pilots to other Area Traffic

MEETS
MINIMUM
REQUIREMENTS
SuperAWOS Altimeter & Visibility BASIC REQUIREMENTS
AIP ELIGIBLE
Belfort DigiWX
Traditional AWOS Systems

 

SUPERAWOS MEETS ALL FAA
FLIGHT REQUIREMENTS
Traditional AWOS DigiWx Super UNICOM SuperAWOS
Certified Imposes
 INCREASED
  • Inspection Costs

  • Maintenance Cost

  • Same Accuracy

  • Less function

  • No Real Benefit

Wind FAA Certified, but Not Required Provided,
But Not Required
Provided,
But Not Required
Provided,
But Not Required
Temperature FAA Certified, but Not Required Provided,
But Not Required
Provided,
But Not Required
Provided,
But Not Required
Dewpoint FAA Certified, but Not Required Provided,
But Not Required
Provided,
But Not Required
Provided,
But Not Required
Altimeter Certified for IFR
Flight Ops
Certified for IFR
Flight Ops
Certified for IFR
Flight Ops
Certified for IFR
Flight Ops
Visibility Certified for
Commercial Ops
Certified for
Commercial Ops
Certified for
Commercial Ops
Certified for
Commercial Ops
Ceiling Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
WHAT ARE SUPERAWOS
UNIQUE SAFETY FEATURES?
Traditional AWOS DigiWx Super UNICOM SuperAWOS
Advisory
Safety Features
INSTANT real-time Winds No No Yes Yes
Crosswind Warning No No Yes Yes
Windshear Warning No No Yes Yes
Runway Change Warning No No Yes Yes
Ground Fog Warning No No Yes Yes
Freezing Warning No No Yes Yes
High Density Altitude No No Yes Yes
Traffic Advisory No No Yes Yes
Runway Advisory No No Yes Yes
Ceiling Measured Laser Spot "Condensation Level" Estimated
For Airport Area
Estimated
For Airport Area
Pilot Radio Services Radio Check No No Yes Yes
Density Altitude Warning No No Yes Yes
Pilot Greeting Greeting to Inbound Pilots No No Yes Yes
Instructions to pilots on Unicom No No Yes Yes
Remote Access Pilot telephone call in Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internet Yes Yes Yes Yes
NADIN (FSS) Yes No Yes
In Final Test!
Yes
In Final test!
HOW DO PILOTS USE IT?        
SUPERAWOS
Operates On Unicom
Where Pilots NEED to be
When Operating
Near any airport
Operates on Unicom No ??? Yes Yes
Adapts to Unicom Congestion N/A No Yes Yes
Transmission
Message Length
Fixed
~ 1- 5 minutes
Off Traffic Frequency
Fixed
~30+ secs
Adaptive
to Unicom
Congestion
Adaptive
to Unicom
Congestion
Requires Obtaining
FAA Discrete Frequency
Yes - 18-24 month delay ??? No No
 
AWOS SYSTEMS COMPARISON
WHO MAKES IT? Traditional AWOS DigiWx Super
UNICOM
Super
AWOS
Manufacturers AAI/SMI, Handar, Qualimetrix, Vaisala Belfort Industries Potomac Aviation
Potomac Airfield (VKX)
Primary Business Federal Contractors Commercial Sensor Mfr Airport Owners
Pilots, high-tech nerds,
All Around Swell guys
Airport Knowledge As Federal Contractors < 1 year? 10+ years
References Available 1,000's Try contacting anyone
with a DigiWX
Working On Unicom!
50+ REAL installations
refs Available upon request
Unicom Based Systems 0 1 - 3? 50+ Systems Installed & In Use
Across USA for over 10+ Years
Experience with Unicom Operations 0 4? 1 year? 50+ Systems and 10+ Years
WHAT DOES IT COST? Traditional AWOS DigiWx Super UNICOM SuperAWOS
1.  TO BUY AIP Grants Avail Yes Yes Yes Yes
State Grants Avail Yes Yes Yes Yes
Equipment Cost ~ $50-70,000 ~ $50,000+ ?? ~ $74,339 on GSA* ~ $74,339 on GSA*
Installation Cost  ~ $60,000 - $70,000 ~ $5,000 + ?? ~ $1,500 ~ $1,500
Total Installed Cost  > $100,000 - $140,000+ ~ $55,000 - $65,00+++ ?? ~ $76,000* ~ $76,000*
2. TO OWN History of Annual Costs $10-15,000+ / year
FOREVER
~ $5,000+ / year
FOREVER
~ $1,000/yr ~ $1,000/yr
THE DECISION? NO! NO! YES! YES!

*Domestic US pricing.  For overseas inquiries please call.