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  • Pilot Information Systems:
    As part of the Office of Aeronautics all-weather access program, pilot information systems are located at 45 airports. These units enable pilots to access weather information, including near real-time radar images. 

    Forty state-owned Automated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) provide continuous weather information to pilots via voice, telephone, and computer. Section technicians maintain these systems.

    Pilot Safety and Education:
    The Section maintains an active pilot safety and education program. Pilot seminars are held across the state and are presented with the intent of encouraging pilots to remain current in the latest techniques, regulations, and safety information. Each year approximately 4000 pilots attend MDOT sponsored safety seminars. Aviation education efforts by the Section involve providing information for both teachers and students.

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Task Force

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Automated Weather Observation Systems

  • Automated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) and Automated Surface Observation Systems (ASOS) are installed at airports across the state. They provide weather observations 24 hours a day without human involvement. The systems report wind, ceiling, visibility, temperature, dew point, altimeter setting, and any recorded remarks. Those systems with "present weather" sensors also report certain precipitation types.

    State-owned AWOS systems are installed and maintained by the Office of Aeronautics in cooperation with each airport.

    For additional information, contact Mike Soper at 517-335-9237.

    FAA AWOS/ASOS Michigan Locations

    Office of Aeronautics AWOS Map


Pilot Examiners

  • Designated Pilot Examiners in Michigan
  • Pilot examiners in Michigan are designated by one of two FAA Flight Standards District offices: Grand Rapids or Detroit. This key shows which types of tests an examiner is authorized to conduct:

    P - Private Pilot
    C - Commercial Pilot
    I - Instrument Rating
    ATP - Airline Transport Pilot
    SES - Single engine sea
    Multi - Designated in one or more types of multiengine airplanes, call for more information.
    CFI-I - Flight Instructor, Initial Certification
    CFI-R - Flight Instructor, Additional Rating (e.g. CFII and/or MEI), Renewal, and Reinstatement
    Aircraft type indicates authorization in specific multiengine airplane or helicopter