Belfort Instrument Announces FAA Approval of DigiWx AWOS

The Belfort Instrument Company is pleased to announce that the FAA has recently conferred AWOS status to the DigiWx Automated Weather System. This approval represents an important milestone for the DigiWx product line as it evolves to provide full IFR flight support for private and commercial operations while also making it eligible for AIP funding immediately.

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) July 8, 2004 -- The Belfort Instrument Company is pleased to announce that the FAA has recently conferred AWOS status to the DigiWx Automated Weather System. This approval represents an important milestone for the DigiWx product line as it evolves to provide full IFR flight support for private and commercial operations while also making it eligible for AIP funding immediately.

This approval also represents several "firsts" in the history of FAA approved automated weather system capabilities:

DigiWx is the first and only AWOS approved for transmission of official and advisory weather information over UNICOM OR dedicated VHF frequency. Now that the FAA has approved the broadcast of official weather data over UNICOM frequencies, DigiWx is the first and only approved AWOS that has both capabilities: automated UNICOM or discreet VHF frequency transmission. DigiWx's automated UNICOM capability features its revolutionary voice recognition technology for pilot initiated weather inquiries. This feature enables automated communications for those airports that are ineligible for a dedicated VHF frequency assignment for the transmission of local weather information. For those airports eligible for a dedicated frequency, but who are enduring the protracted FCC application process, the automated UNICOM capability of DigiWx AWOS can act as a "bridge" until a dedicated frequency is assigned. Once the frequency is assigned, the DigiWx system can be easily converted to continuous loop operation.

DigiWx is the first and only AWOS approved with a user-friendly internet display. The DigiWx AWOS graphical display provides convenient public access to critical pre-flight planning data, trend analysis for a wide variety of weather parameters and off-site archiving of important historical data. The internet option is also capable of providing easy access to live web cam images of the airport operating environment which can act as an important proxy to traditional visibility data.

DigiWx is the first and only AWOS that has comprehensive remote monitoring and on-line support capabilities. The PC/internet based digital architecture provides for cost effective support packages that include remote monitoring of system status with automated fault alerts and on-line software upgrades and technical support - all of which results in drastic cost reductions in post sales support and periodic performance verification vs. existing AWOS systems.

DigiWx is the first and only AWOS to incorporate these innovations at a system price far below those from other AWOS vendors. DigiWx was designed to be affordable for even the smallest of general aviation airports - not only total cost of acquisition, but also post sale support and periodic performance verification. DigiWx has several unique design features that help to minimize site selection and site preparation expenses including: a unique 15' wind sensor tower which can mitigate site selection constraints for airports that cannot accommodate the traditional 30' wind tower found on current AWOS designs; an option for solar panel for certain low power configurations, and; wireless data feeds which eliminate the cost of trenching.

About Belfort Instrument Company:
Belfort is a leading provider of weather instruments to the government, professional meteorology and aviation markets. From wind sensors for the Wright Brothers to state-of-the-art weather instruments for the ASOS (Automated Surface Observation System) platform and all US Navy aircraft carriers, Belfort continues to set the "Standard of Measurement" for the industry. The Belfort Instrument Company celebrated its 125th year in business in 2001! For more information about Belfort Instrument and DigiWx, see our web sites at www.belfortinstrument.com and www.digiwx.com

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