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Pilot Resources

Pilot Information Systems

As part of the Office of Aeronautics all-weather access program, pilot information systems are located at many airports. These units enable pilots to access weather information, including near real-time radar images. 


Forty-one Automated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) provide continuous weather information to pilots via voice, telephone, and computer. Section technicians maintain these systems.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Task Force

Drone Identification - What to Know

UAS Corridor Feasibility Study

Michigan Aeronautical Sectional Chart

The Michigan Sectional Chart has everything that pilots will need to navigate safely through Michigan’s airspace. Among many features, the chart includes local and center ATC flight following boundaries and frequency contacts. The chart is no longer being mailed to all Michigan pilots but can be downloaded below or picked up at participating distribution airports. 

Files are extremely large and may take a long time to download.

Aeronautical Sectional Chart Distribution Locations

Automated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS)

AWOS and Automated Surface Observation Systems (ASOS) are installed at airports across the state. They provide weather observations 24 hours a day without human involvement. The systems report wind, ceiling, visibility, temperature, dew point, altimeter setting, and any recorded remarks. Those systems with "present weather" sensors also report certain precipitation types. AWOS systems are installed and maintained by the Office of Aeronautics in cooperation with each airport. Questions? Contact Mike Soper at 517-335-9237.

Aeronautics AWOS Map

Pilot Examiners

Pilot examiners are designated by one of two FAA Flight Standards District Offices in Grand Rapids or Detroit. The following are the types of tests an examiner is authorized to conduct:

P - Private Pilot
C - Commercial Pilot
I - Instrument Rating
ATP - Airline Transport Pilot
SES - Single engine sea
Multi - Designated in one or more types of multiengine airplanes, call for more information
CFI-I - Flight Instructor, Initial Certification
CFI-R - Flight Instructor, Additional Rating (e.g. CFII and/or MEI), Renewal, and Reinstatement
Aircraft type indicates authorization in specific multiengine airplane or helicopter.

FAA Designee Locator Search