These systems have performed very well over the years, and Potomac Aviation has been responsive to the Department’s needs.
South Dakota DOT purchased 29 SuperAWOS units from 2006 to 2012. These units have been very useful to the airport communities they serve. The most appealing reasons for purchasing them was their ease of installation and maintenance. The system performs self-diagnostics, reporting, and component status each day. This is useful to airport management for replacing components when necessary.
Jon Becker, Aeronautics Planning Engineer,
SDDOT Office of Aeronautics
“I want to let you know how much our pilots and operators have benefitted and enjoyed the MicroTower at Redlands (KREI). Redlands is a busy non-towered airport with over 250 based aircraft (fixed wing, rotary wing, and self-launching gliders. We have approximately sixty thousand operations annually, as well as, supporting federal and state helicopter fire suppression operations ten to twelve weeks a year. Lastly, we have a large pilot instruction and recreational flying community with a wide mix of aircraft and skill levels including, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, and self-launching gliders. Redlands airspace is layered with general aviation, commercial and cargo aviation, law enforcement, medical and military flight operations (i.e. March Air Reserve Base, Marine Corps Base Twenty-Nine Palms, Aerobatic Boxes, and Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport (serving UPS, FEDEX, & USFS Fire Tanker Base).
Redlands Municipal Airport looks forward to working with you on your latest innovations.”
– Carl Shaffer, Manager
City of Redlands
“The MicroTower is a ‘must have’ if operating a flight school or an active, uncontrolled field. I only WISH I’d had these at the many remote strips I have operated out of in third world countries.”
– Tom Z., SEL, SES, MEL, Comm/Inst, A&P, CFIA,
2000+ hours MAF pilot, LATAM
“As a beginning pilot who learned to fly at a Microtower-equipped airport, I have a hard time understanding how it’s not required at other airports. Radioing ahead in the hopes that someone is around to give an update on conditions seems antiquated and makes me uncomfortable.”
Single Engine Recreational Pilot, 70 hours
“I was wondering if you have plans to install your MicroTower in Europe. I have just starting flying over here and would love to see this system in action at the many non-towered GA Fields.”
– Juan G.,
Private Pilot (Spain)
“The MicroTower with the three clicks for weather and four clicks for radio check, took one less item off the stress meter to get into the air. Excellent system.”
– Mike A., Private Pilot
PPL, 170 hours
“I wish all non-towered airfields had such a quick and convenient source of current weather conditions. It is a huge help when flying .”
– Rick F.
airline pilot, former military
“I use the MicroTower system at Potomac Airfield and at the Annapolis airport where it greatly assists pilots, improving safety and traffic control.”
– Stephen C, private pilot
“MicroTower has been a great asset to our airfield which is located in very congested air space. It is easy to operate and extremely accurate in providing current weather conditions. I highly recommend this system to anyone considering it over the alternatives.”
“I love MicroTower! It’s real-time information, unlike ATIS that’s minutes old. I also especially like the communications check capability that MicroTower offers. I’ve been using MicroTower for several years and wish other airports had it.”
– Charlie M., CFII,
Air Force pilot and retired Brigadier General (ret)
“I learned to fly at an airport with MicroTower. I was very surprised to find out it is not available everywhere else. Why ?”
– Eugen L., private pilot
“MicroTower adds one more tool to support pilots, giving them better situational awareness to help ensure safety. “
– Mike R. private pilot
“We are looking for an alternative for a remote tower to implement in low-density airports in South America. Could you provide us information about the A-ATAS system?”
– Nicolas B., ANSP LATAM
“My best story is about flying our experimental Lancair IV-P into Inyokern, CA. We call the ATIS and my wife notes the voice of a friend in the response…’that’s Dave Wartofsky!!’ She focused on the message: ‘Sky clear, altimeter 30.33, winds 340 at 40, gusting to 55.’ She then observes that we can’t land in that wind; our demonstrated wind limit is 30 knots…and there is not another airport for MANY miles back where we came from. I point out that 30 knots is the cross-wind landing limit, and that this wind is directly down the runway–not a problem for landing, but a serious issue to get to a parking area and chained down (ropes just don’t cut it at KIYK). The point is that we easily obtained the information we needed and were able to make a plan. Inyokern is a truly remote place within the US, and the MicroTower has made a huge difference in safety of local operations there.”
– Bob P.
Ret Military and Private Pilot
The State of South Dakota does not participate in routine maintenance costs for AWOS systems – putting traditional AWOS systems out of the reach of small airports from a cost standpoint – so we were looking for a lower cost solution for weather reporting at small rural GA airports.
The response of pilots and operators has been overwhelmingly positive. If we didn’t have MicroTower systems, we would likely not have anything.