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FCC GROL only required for installation into NAS   

FCC GROL not required for ongoing maintenance

"We therefore grant the requested waiver of Sections 87.71 and 87.73 for the AVIACOM1 with respect to routine maintenance tests"

"Specifically, we grant a waiver of the requirement that routine maintenance tests of the AVIACOM1 be performed by an on-site technician holding a General Radiotelephone Operator License"

Installation, Maintenance Procedures, and Tolerances for SuperAWOS
VIDEO - Equipment Startup and Self-Test The system performs a series of self-tests,
telling you everything going on, one step at a time
VIDEO - How to Calibrate SuperAWOS Altimeter

"FAA Approved Sources for Altimeter Validation"
Sources that are approved for use in calibration of the SuperAWOS Altimeter



VIDEO - How to Calibrate SuperAWOS Visibility "FAA Approved Procedure for Visibility Validation"
How to calibrate the SuperAWOS Visibility
VIDEO - Manually trigger a Radio Tests Performs all transmitter tests entirely hands off
VIDEO - Exchange Pressure Sensor Should the need ever arise, it's easy to do
VIDEO - Exchange Brain If only my brain were so easy to maintain...
VIDEO - Ongoing Verification Remote Maintenance Monitoring and Record Keeping
Like you've never seen before

US Government (OMB) Policy on Electronic Forms & E-Signatures

FAA AC 120-78 Acceptance and Use of Electronic Signatures

FAA Policy on Remote Maintenance Monitoring


Traditional AWOS SYSTEMS
Share their heritage with their mainframe computer ancestors of the 1970's:

  • SERVICE - If something stops functioning, you must find an available technician trained to repair your specific mainframe
  • The technician comes out to see what's wrong with your mainframe...sooner or later
  • If the technician doesn't happen to have the parts in his truck, he goes back to the office and orders the parts
  • The parts show up at the technician's office...sooner or later
  • The technician comes back out and installs the parts...sooner or later
  • TIME - Eventually, after some indeterminate period, you and your mainframe are back in business
  • MONEY - Immediately you get an enormous invoice for the repair technician and his parts

Anticipates current goals and objectives, designed for ease of maintenance

  • If something stops functioning, modern systems incorporate self-diagnostics able to identify and often solve the problem
  • Modern systems are modular, designed for easy maintenance, requiring little or no technical skill
  • You can call the manufacturer's 800 number and they overnight you a part simple enough that any eight year old to can swap it out
  • You power your system back up, it checks itself, automatically annotates its records, and you're back in business

To ALL Private and Commercial All-Weather Ops

SuperAWOS Welcomes You to the 20th Century!


SAMPLE - Automated 6030 Forms Completion
Replicates FAA's Simplified Automated Logging System (SAL)
Used for Federal systems

FAA certification insures to the flying public that information critical to flight is accurate

The correct answer comes from asking the correct question:

"How many FAA people does it take to screw in a light bulb?

QUESTION How did the FAA verify a light bulb was still lit?

FAA periodically sent a technician to check the light bulb, who made annotations in a log
Of course, the bulb could still burn out the day after it was inspected...

QUESTION How does the FAA determine whether a (Federal System) light bulb is still lit?
ANSWER Remote Maintenance Monitoring: 
Place a sensor NEXT to the light bulb that remotely reports that illumination is still observed from the light bulb
Automate maintenance logging, in a form that can be recognized by 'legacy' processes
IF the light bulb grows dim, or goes out, THEN send someone out to fix it
Incorporating a little smarts up front saves a lot of fuss later on
  • Altimeter:
    FAA Order 6560.13C requires annual periodic inspections of pressure sensors 'by correlation'
    Traditional AWOS systems only send one altimeter value, so they are either working or failed
    With one value, the only way to check correlation is to go to the field, hookup to the system, and check the sensors individually
    SuperAWOS remotely reports BOTH pressure sensors, performing 'annual' correlation checks every hour of every day

  • Visibility:
    FAA Order 6560.13C requires annual periodic inspections of visibility sensors
    Traditional AWOS visibility sensors are open loop: They are calibrated and then one must hope they won't drift too much over time,
    ...Which means you have to keep going out to periodically recalibrate them, to correct for drift

SuperAWOS uses a closed loop 'tactical' (military) sensor:
The sensor remotely reports how far it has drifted from its calibration reference
every hour of every day

IF it goes out of range, THEN you recalibrate it (and also annually,  'just to be sure'  - Hey, it's the FAA!)
SuperAWOS incorporates into each system everything needed to recalibrate its visibility sensor
Including step-by-step verbal instructions and verification of each step performed which are also remotely monitored
It's so simple, it's funny!

  • Transceiver:
    Traditional AWOS systems transmit on a discrete un-monitored frequency, so no one knows if it has gone stupid unless it gets inspected
    SuperAWOS incorporates a proprietary FCC licensed transceiver
    All FCC performance parameters, power, VSWR, modulation (and more) are
    remotely reported every day

Record Keeping

The FAA has at least two contradicting directives  (Imagine that!)

  • Move to electronic information systems, and
  • Use standard FAA forms

    So what gives?

It turns out that,

  • Standard forms provide a legal record of compliance, and
  • FAA only knows how to recognize standard forms

    ...But there is nothing wrong with automatically filling out standard FAA forms

SuperAWOS incorporates

SuperAWOS Welcomes You to the 20th Century!