Fort Benton, Montana (December 1st, 2023) – Fort Benton Airport (K79S) in Fort Benton, Montana now has the latest aviation weather technology, a Mesotech Airport Weather Advisor Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) IIIPT. This significant upgrade, commissioned by the FAA on December 1st, 2023 was installed and commissioned by Mesotech International, Inc. The project engineering was performed by Robert Peccia & Associates and the prime contractor was South Hills Electric.
Mesotech International, Inc., headquartered in Sacramento, California, is renowned for its meteorological instrumentation systems and its flagship product, the Airport Weather Advisor. The newly installed AWOS at Fort Benton Airport is a leap forward in aviation safety and efficiency, offering pilots instant access to weather data via radio, telephone, or internet. Remote monitoring by Mesotech’s dedicated engineers ensures the system’s optimal performance throughout the year. Pilots and aviation enthusiasts can access real-time weather data from Ft Benton Airport through the web-based app AWOS Live at K79S.AWOS.LIVE.
Fort Benton Airport, positioned in the picturesque landscape of Montana, serves a diverse range of aviation activities. It is a key general aviation airport and supports various operations from private flights to agricultural aviation. The new AWOS system is a testament to the airport's commitment to safety and operational excellence, ensuring that pilots have the most current weather information for planning and executing flights.
Recognizing the importance of general aviation facilities in Montana, the installation of the AWOS at Fort Benton Airport contributes significantly to the local economy and aviation safety. These airports play a vital role in aerial fire fighting, emergency response, business operations, and connect remote areas, proving essential in the state's economic and transportation network.
Mesotech’s AWOS offers real-time monitoring and remote support from their Sacramento base. The team of experienced technicians and engineers who design, build, and install the systems also handle support inquiries. AWOS Live, a groundbreaking new feature, allows secure streaming of airport weather data directly to mobile devices, whether on the ground or in the air.
About Mesotech International, Inc.
Mesotech International, Inc. is based in Sacramento, CA and has designed, manufactured, and installed meteorological monitoring systems for over 25 years. Mesotech’s flagship product, Airport Weather Advisor®, is an FAA-certified and ICAO compliant Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) for airports and military airfields. Awarded Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year (Region IX) in 2014, Mesotech is a US Air Force prime contractor who provides new systems, engineering, and logistics support for over 200 military installations worldwide.