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Transport and Safety SectionPilot Information Systems:
As part of the Office of Aeronautics all-weather access program, pilot information systems are located at 45 airports. These units enable pilots to access weather information, including near real-time radar images. Click here for more pilot resources.
Forty state-owned Automated Weather Observing Stations (AWOS) provide continuous weather information to pilots via voice, telephone, and computer. Section technicians maintain these systems as well as four state-owned navigation aids. Click here for more information.
State Air Fleet:
The Office of Aeronautics maintains and operates a fleet of five airplanes for transport of state personnel on official business. Due to Michigan's large size, this service affords passengers maximum efficiency and significant cost savings. Click here for more information on flight services provided by the Office of Aeronautics. The Office of Aeronautics is also required by statue to provide information pertaining to the air fleet's annual use (see Section 383 Legislative Report).
Safety of flight operations is of paramount importance. Regular recurrent pilot training, preventive maintenance, and modern equipment are hallmarks of this safety commitment.
Licensing and Registration:
The Section also maintains responsibility for licensing and/or registering airports, flight schools, aircraft, and aircraft dealers. Each of Michigan's 238 public-use airports and heliports are inspected annually. There are currently 80 flight schools, 225 aircraft dealers, and approximately 7,000 aircraft registered in the state. Click here for more information.
Directory and Charts:
The Michigan Aeronautical Chart and Michigan Airport Directory are published annually. A copy of the chart is mailed free of charge to each of Michigan's 18,714 pilots. A copy of the directory is provided to each aircraft owner. Additional copies are available for sale. Click here for more information.
Pilot Safety and Education:
The Section maintains an active pilot safety and education program. Pilot seminars are held across the state and are presented with the intent of encouraging pilots to remain current in the latest techniques, regulations, and safety information. Each year approximately 4000 pilots attend MDOT sponsored safety seminars. Aviation education efforts by the Section involve providing information for both teachers and students. Click here for more information.
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