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PRODUCT FEATURE SuperAWOS by Matt Johnson It’s not that often I get excited about


a new “weather tool”. While my opinion may not speak for the masses, I know that many of us cringe when it comes to inter- preting weather related material. Maybe it was those entertaining weather related questions we read for years while studying for those glorious FAA written exams. Whether you are a private-pilot flying


your faster-than-light aircraft, or a commer- cial pilot making a living turning blades, many of us have become inundated with all the “neat” weather tools made available to us. Realistically, most of the weather sources we view and subsequently “use” generally come from the same source(s).


Let’s face it;


we have a plethora of weather information (websites) both government initiated and the “private” sources. While these sources of weather information are generally good, it’s important


ma center. Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly


what the wind conditions are on top of that rooftop pad? YES of course! I realize most if not all helipads we operate in and out of have the ole’ trusty windsock, but depend- ing on the positing of the windsock they may cause more “harm” than good.


And


let’s not forget we can’t see the windsock “30 miles out”. And remember, it’s late evening i.e. DARK! Oh, and did I forget to add that you are now one of three differ- ent air medical helicopters inbound to the same helipad from various directions? Wouldn’t it be nice for each of the


to realize that we mostly have


weather information for a generalized area, and don’t always have the weather informa- tion we really need for a “specific” location, such as a rooftop helipad. That is until now!


FINALLY - SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT!


Let me set the stage: It’s a late after-


noon and you are flying your speed-of- light air medical ship with a patient aboard. Thirty miles east of the local trauma center you get a “wind check” from the local Class Delta tower; the same class Delta airspace that surrounds the trauma center.


astute professional pilot that you are, you realize that


the reported winds


tower, located down in a small “valley” of sorts


Being the from the


are usually (ok, never!) the same as


what you see and feel when you make your approach into the rooftop pad of the trau-


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three pilots to ascertain the wind direction and velocity while enroute to the helipad and not the current winds at an airport 4 miles away down in a valley? YES of course! And now you can! Thanks to David Wartofsky CEO and developer of “SUPERAWOS” you now have the capa- bility of your own “personal” AWOS weather reporting station at virtually any location where helicopter operations occur. “The SuperAWOS can un-lock the full potential of any helipad at any location where air medical helicopters traverse in and out of” Mr. Wartofsky explained during a recent demonstration of this FAA and FCC approved and licensed device.


HOW IT WORKS! The “SuperAWOS” is truly an ingen-


ious design. Unlike the typical AWOS that continually broadcast on a select frequency, the SuperAWOS can broadcast on any designated frequency only “when spoken to”. As an example, the SuperAWOS automat- ically greets the pilot with an advisory when the pilot makes his/her initial call. It sounds


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