flight service station

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flight service station (FSS)

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Air traffic facilities that provide pilot briefings, en route communications, and VFR (visual flight rules) search and rescue services; assist lost aircraft and aircraft in emergencies; relay ATC (air traffic control) clearances; originate NOTAMs (notices to airmen); broadcast aviation weather; receive and process IFR (instrument flight rules) flight plans; and monitor en route NAVAIDS (navigational aids). In addition, at selected locations, FSSs provide en route flight advisory services (flight watch), take weather observations, issue airport advisories, and advise customs and immigration of transborder flights. On aeronautical charts, heavy line boxes indicate FSSs. Frequencies 121.5, 122.2, 243.0, and 225.4 are normally available at all FSSs and are not shown above the boxes. All other frequencies available at FSSs are shown. Frequencies transmit and receive those except those followed by R or T. A hairline box without frequencies and a controlling FSS name indicates that no FSS frequency is available.
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At Albuquerque, New Mexico, for example, a newly constructed Automated Flight Service Station has been linked to the RCL backbone.
I've noticed in practice that Flight Service Station staff often correct the departure time on your IFR flight plan when they hear from you.
flying public by the International Notam Office (Washington, D.C.) through the local Flight Service Station (FSS).
After more studies, privatization was deemed the answer and LM won the bid to takeover, consolidate, and operate the nation's automated flight service station (AFSS) program for the next 10 years.
The FAA even recognizes a pilot can fulfill all legal requirements of a pre-flight briefing without dialing a Flight Service Station on 1-800-Wx-Brief.
Of course, there's much more aeronautical information available now than back in those "good ol' days." Thankfully, many of the unpleasant aspects of those times have gone away, along with the local flight service station. Except for the all upper-case characters and the need to wade through reams of text to pick out a few nuggets of information, that is.
This is especially true given the Flight Service Station system's reduction in facilities, manpower and quality.
If you're at an uncontrolled airport, however, venture out and get the clearance from your local Flight Service Station instead of departing VFR and obtaining it in flight.

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