"General Aviation accounts for nearly 1,500 accidents each year, resulting in nearly 500 annual fatalities. What is especially tragic is that we see the same types of accidents over and over again, and so many are entirely preventable." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A.P Hersman.
Supplementary Aviation Reporting Station - the SAWRS program addresses the concerns of users who depend on weather observations for air operations. If the cooperator is collocated with a commissioned automated system, they ensure continuity during outage periods of the automated system.