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AWOS
AWOS
Continuous broadcast (by radio or telephone) of weather conditions at selected locations.
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source: FAA Balloon Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-11)

A suite of sensors that measure, collect, and disseminate weather data. AWOS stations provide a minute-by-minute update of weather parameters, such as wind speed and direction, temperature and dew point, visibility, cloud heights and types, precipitation, and barometric pressure. A variety of AWOS system types are available (from AWOS 1 to AWOS 3), each of which includes a different sensor array.
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source: FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8083-16)

Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS): Automated weather reporting system consisting of various sensors, a processor, a computer-generated voice subsystem, and a transmitter to broadcast weather data.
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source: FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A)

Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS): Automated weather reporting system consisting of various sensors, a processor, a computer-generated voice subsystem, and a transmitter to broadcast weather data.
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source: FAA Risk Management Handbook (FAA-H-8083-2)

Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS): Automated weather reporting system consisting of various sensors, a processor, a computer- generated voice subsystem, and a transmitter to broadcast weather data.
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source: FAA Weight Shift Control Handbook (FAA-H-8083-5)

An automated weather reporting system which transmits local real-time weather data directly to the pilot.
  • AWOS-A Only reports altimeter setting.
  • AWOS-1 Usually reports altimeter setting, wind data, temperature, dewpoint and density altitude.
  • AWOS-2 Reports same as AWOS-1 plus visibility.
  • AWOS-3 Reports the same as AWOS-2 plus cloud/ceiling data.
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source: ICAO Aviation Chart Glossary

Automated Weather Observation System
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source: NOAA National Weather Service Glossary


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