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    Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service. A phrase many pilots have heard when they call in for a weather briefing. A lot of people though don't really understand just how difficult and mundane it can be to do weather briefing all or most of the day. Sure specialists make a lot of money, but a lot of people take for granted just how emotionally and mentally draining doing the same thing over and over again can get. I figured I would try and post what it's like.

    You get to work at say 5am and go to the morning briefing. Then that is done you go to a workstation and sign on to brief for anywhere from 5-8 hours a day depending on how much time you get on the radios or flight data.

    You get all set up and click the available button. "BEEP... OHIO" "Good Morning Lockheed Martin Flight Service" Hi this is N12345 I need to file 3 flight plans and get a full standard weather briefing for each leg"

    So you talk non stop with this pilot for 10-15 min filing them and giving them a weather briefing. All the while you have a million things you have to say and do to avoid failing the brief. You finally get to the end and you are getting tired of talking. "Ok thank you so much for the brief" You hang up and 5 seconds later "BEEP... Kentucky" So you haven't even gotten to catch your breath and another call has dropped in. "Hi this is N34567 I need to file a flight plan and get a full standard weather briefing".

    Once again you talk non-stop for 10-15 min and then at the end of the brief the pilot hangs up. 5 seconds later BEEP... New Jersey. Imagine doing this over and over and over and over again ALL DAY LONG, 6-8 hours a day on average. It can be hard to imagine if your not doing this but trust me, it gets extremely mundane, boring, and most of all tiring.

    With the recent layoffs briefing has become non-stop. You get almost no time between long phone calls before another one drops in and you have to start all over. By the end of the day many specialists are very cranky and extremely burned out from the repetitive and mundane nature of briefing.

    Money isn't everything for everyone. There are people that have left recently to take jobs making half of what they made in flight service because briefing non-stop was driving them crazy and they hated it with a passion. Some people are content with the money and have families to support. They may hate the job, but its good money and its good enough for them. I commend those people for their hard work and sacrifice. Others despise the job and would gladly take something paying way less that they enjoyed. I also commend these people for putting their happiness ahead of money.

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    Re: Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    Yeah, especially since Lockheed slashed there workforce.

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    Re: Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    thanks for the horrifying flashbacks.

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    Re: Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    Quote Originally Posted by noid View Post
    thanks for the horrifying flashbacks.
    So still no word from JAX ?

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    Re: Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    I believe that they have already made their selections. I did not expect to be picked up. With my current situation, it's for the best.

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    Re: Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    so whats your saying is you took a job to become a briefer, and your complaining cause you ACTUALLY HAVE TO WORK!

    OH HOLY CRAP! who would of known.
    controllers talk to people all the time too, you going to complain about that, or perhaps you worked at a drive thru window for a fast food place, and your going to complain that PEOPLE WONT STOP DRIVING THROUGH FOR FOOD!

    dude you complain way too much, just do a job you picked, if you dont like it, LEAVE! theres other people who do enjoy the job, and many young people who woulddef do it

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    Re: Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    Did it ever cross your mind that I along with many of my coworkers would like to leave but cant in this economy? I am out there applying for jobs everyday trying to escape the horror of Flight Service. I will gladly take a huge pay cut to get out and do something I actually enjoy. I am also going back to school so I can put flight service in the rear view mirror.

    Now I have to work? What kind of ignorant remark is that. There is a big difference between saying a couple words to an aircraft as opposed to paragraphs upon paragraphs of information. If flight service only involved the in flight radio positions and flight data it would be great. Those positions are very busy and interesting and I love them. I am a very hard worker and don't like being accused of being lazy. There is a difference between hating what you do and not wanting to work.

    Leave you say. Gladly as soon as I can. One more thing, Nobody and I mean nobody loves the job. I have yet to meet a single one. There are two people in flight service. Those who hate it and desperately want out. Then there are those that don't like it but have families and other financial obligations so they are stuck.

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    Re: Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    It's obvious DCATC never worked in flight service. The OP's comments are on point - he describes how EVERY briefer will feel after a few years of non-stop briefing. It's that 10% of the public that treat people like $hit ("gimme a briefing" types of pilots) that ultimately will cause nearly any sane person to hate briefing. I briefed for over 20 years, and if someone came up to me and put a gun to my head and told me I had to brief again, I'd tell him to pull the trigger.

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    Re: Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    Place nice everyone!

    There are many mundane jobs and I can see how doing briefs for 6 to 8 hours straight could get old real fast.

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    Re: Hello Lockheed Martin Flight Service

    I'll gladly take your spot! =) Hell, I've got a FSS in my backyard..

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