Michigan Department of Transportation Receives Latest Generation Automated Weather Observing Systems from ADB SAFEGATE

ADB SAFEGATE, through its DBT Transportation Services LLC (DBT) subsidiary, was awarded a $3.7 million contract to replace the 42 Non-Federal Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

DBT developed the F1 Standalone AWOS (F1 STA) in compliance with the FAA Advisory Circular 150/5220-16, while taking into consideration comments and recommendations from the US aviation industry, including the Michigan Aeronautics Commission and MDOT. 

The F1 STA is the latest generation of FAA certified AWOS from DBT. The F1 STA utilizes future-forward technology, with configurations covering every type from AWOS A through AWOS IV Z including the AWOS III P/T type currently being installed in Michigan.

In a quote from the MDOT Office of Aeronautics (Aero), the agency, supported by the Michigan Aeronautics Commission, said they were pleased the Michigan Legislature recognized the need for upgraded AWOS equipment across the state. “Used for a variety of weather reporting activities, not just aviation, AWOS provides the accurate weather data that we all depend on daily. MDOT Aero, in cooperation with DBT, will provide the highest quality products and services to our airport AWOS stations with this much anticipated system upgrade.”

The first four airports to receive the F1 STA AWOS were:

  • Saginaw County H.W. Browne Airport (KHYX)
  • Wexford County Airport (KCAD)
  • Fitch H. Beach Airport (KFPK)
  • Marquette Sawyer Regional Airport (KSAW)

There was also a bench system delivered for ongoing testing purposes.

Nick Haines, VP Americas for ADB SAFEGATE, said, “The F1 STA AWOS is the perfect upgrade from existing Non-Fed AWOS from DBT including the AW10, AW20 and AWOS 3000 taking the product line to the next level and offering customers the most advanced and flexible FAA certified AWOS on the market today.”