[Avionics Today 05-15-2015] The FAA awarded Direct User Access Terminal (DUATS) II contracts to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Lockheed Martin to provide operational Internet-based automated pre-flight services. The period of performance for the resulting contracts will be a one-year base period and four one-year options. Previously, CSC and Data Transformation (DT) provided the DUATS services.â€¨ â€¨
Technological advancements have led a vast majority of today’s pilots to use automated flight planning and briefing tools. DUATS II allows pilots to take advantage of the flight planning and weather briefing services readily available to them to enhance their ability to conduct a safe flight. â€¨
â€¨These services include graphics that can be tailored for a pilot’s route of flight and provide assistance with planning during adverse weather conditions. In addition, pilots will find functions for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) plan activation and closures, along with alerting services for adverse conditions. Plain language and interpretation tools are also available to help describe weather conditions.