Alternate Methods Triple Costs
The FAA's position stopped Stanwyck dead in his tracks for a couple of years but he didn't stop thinking. That eventually led to him design a system that can transcribe data captured from the UHF radio signal that some AWOS and ASOS stations emit and then put it up on the net. It works, but the receiver alone triples the equipment cost and it's another device to maintain. But even though the FAA has said it will allow him to gather the data in this way, it's not endorsing the end product. Even though the information is exactly what can be obtained over the phone or the radio, the FAA has told Stanwyck that his Web pages must carry a disclaimer stating that the information is not to be used for aviation purposes. Stanwyck said he's put more than $50,000 of his own money into developing the system and he's convinced, based on the feedback he's received from those who've used it, that hundreds of small airports across the U.S. would install it if the FAA would sign off on it. He said he's hoping to find a senator or congressman to take up the cause, or maybe a sympathetic ear in the FAA hierarchy, but so far he hasn't had any luck.