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Regional Aviator Discovery and Reporting (RADAR)

This feature allows pilots to discover other aviators in their local area. Example uses include:
  • Students looking for instructors, and vice-versa
  • Airplane owners looking for ownership-partners
  • Pilots looking for safety pilots
  • Pilots just wanting exchange flying stories.

Before you can access this feature, you must have created a user ID on this site, and set up your RADAR preferences.

The first two parameters are an airport ID, and a radius, which together define your area of interest. A pilot will be visible to you if they fall within your area of interest and you fall within theirs.

You also can define two messages for the system to use. The first is your "public" message. This message can be seen by any pilot that is visible (as defined above) to you. You can use this message to describe your aviation interests so that others can decide if they want to contact you. Some example public messages might be:

  • I am an instrument rated pilot looking for people who can act as safety pilots in a Piper Aztec.
  • I am interested in finding a responsible person who is interested in becoming a 1/4 owner of a 1986 Beech Bonanza.
  • I am a new CFII looking for a student willing to fly on weekends and evenings.

The other message is your "private" message. This message is used give your contact information out to those pilots you choose to communicate with. You can put anything you wish here, a phone number, an e-mail address, or even a snail-mail address if you so desire.

Once you've set your radar preferences, you can enter the RADAR area of this site. There you will see a list of those people who's region overlaps with yours, along with the status of your connection. This can be one of the following:

  • No Contact - Neither of you has initiated a contact.
  • Incoming - That person has initiated a contact with you.
  • Contact Sent - You have initiated contact and are now waiting for acknowledgement.
  • Two-way - Contact was acknowledged, and private contact information is now visible.