OASIS Upgrades On The Way
Staff at some Flight Service Stations will soon be able to provide pilots with up-to-the-minute information on TFRs and special-use airspace thanks to new software being developed for the Operation and Supportability Implementation System (OASIS). Jeff Barnes, the National Association of Air Traffic Specialists' expert on OASIS, said the new operating system will accommodate overlays of TFRs and also give graphic depictions of active, pending and past special use airspace. Barnes said NOTAMs are also getting a makeover to make them clearer to FSS briefers, who, presumably, will pass that clarity on to pilots. Unfortunately, OASIS has only been installed at 13 FSS facilities so far with 12 more on the way next year. Barnes hopes to have a mock-up of the system running at AOPA Expo at the end of the month, as one of hundreds of exhibitors at the huge convention. Expo, being held this year from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 in Philadelphia, is shaping up to be the biggest ever. Officials had to start a waiting list for static-display exhibitors wanting to join the show and more than 80 seminars are being offered. There will also be general open sessions featuring speakers like FAA Administrator Marion Blakey offering their thoughts on the future of GA. If you're looking for the latest in products for your airplane, more than 500 companies have registered in the exhibition hall. AVweb will be there, too, keeping you informed about what's going on at this important aviation event.