- Frank LoBiondoRepresentative
- Bill ShusterRepresentative
Tell the FAA to restore DTC DUAT pilot briefings
Up until July 15th, thousands of pilots depended on DTC DUAT to prepare for a safe flight and file their flight plans every day. DTC DUAT had been there for 26 years, yet the FAA decided to force DTC DUAT to shut down by blocking access to the FAA networks that provide public weather data and transmit flight plans.
There are over 300,000 General Aviation pilots (the "little guys" that fly small airplanes - not the pilots that fly for commercial airlines) that are registered with the DTC DUAT system. Many of these pilots have used DTC DUAT as an FAA-subsidized service for 26 years.
DTC was seeking to continue to run the DUAT system as a privately-funded venture, but the FAA originally acted in a retaliatory manner because DTC filed a protest with the FAA's Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition and claimed they could not work on DTC's request for continued access to the FAA's networks until the protest was resolved. The FAA now says that they are working on approving continued access, but the process keeps dragging along.
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Tell the FAA to restore DTC DUAT pilot briefings. The FAA has planning to block DTC's access to the FAA's NADIN network pending resolution of DTC's protest with the FAA. This is tantamount to blackmailing DTC to drop its protest in order to be able to keep access to the FAA network so that pilots can use DTC DUAT to get weather briefings and file flight plans.
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