Check out the following FAQ list to find general information about the DUAT system.
- What is DUAT?
- Who can use DUAT?
- Who is DTC?
- Who pays for my usage?
A. The Direct User Access Terminal (DUAT) Service
is a computerized service provided by the FAA. It allows current
pilots to directly access FAA weather data and flight plan
systems. Data Transformation Corp. (see DTC History) has provided
the DUAT service for over fifteen years.
The DUAT service provides weather briefings that cover all of
the contiguous U.S. and Alaska. Additionally, the service provides
International weather information for the following areas:
Flight Plans can be filed for the contiguous U.S. and Alaska and to the Carribbean,
Mexico and Canada.
A. The FAA allows all pilots with a pilot's certificate or a student medical free
access to DUAT. If you are required to have a current
medical in order to fly, you must also have a current medical in
order to obtain access to the DUAT system. (Balloonists, glider
pilots and ultra-light pilots are not required to have a current
medical.) If you meet these requirements you are probably already
in our DUAT database and can get immediate access. If your records
aren't in our database, you can fax a copy of your certificate and/or
current medical and we can add you to the DUAT database within several
hours. Contact our HelpDesk for more information.
Certain other users (such as flight dispatchers) who can demonstrate a need
to access the FAA services can be authorized on a case-by-case basis
to use DUAT. Once again, contact our HelpDesk for details!
Q. Who is DTC?
A. Data Transformation Corp. (DTC) has been involved with the DUAT
service for over fifteen years. In 1989 DTC was awarded a contract by
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide DUAT services
to the aviation community. DTC has received additional contracts
to continue providing the DUAT service.
DTC also provides major software portions of the FAA's OASIS
program which provides new computer systems for the Flight Service Station system.
Q. Who pays for my usage?
A. You already did — with your aviation taxes! The FAA provides
the DUAT service as a supplement to the Flight Service Station system.
You do not have to pay for use of the service. You do have
to pay any costs for your Internet access. (If you're reading this,
you've already got access to the Internet!) The DUAT service is
also available as a direct-dial connection over a toll-free phone
number. See our DUAT/Windows software for