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    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...
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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...
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    Seniority in Flight Service. Fair or Unfair?

    Flight Service has always had a problem of being plagued by low attrition which has had a very adverse impact on the seniority system. I know of multiple ex-FAA flight service guys that retired at the bottom of the seniority list right where they started. These people had 20,22, even 23 years...
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    Specialists can brief anywhere

    It happens very frequently that pilots call us up saying their flight plan wasn't in the system. I have checked this multiple times both in our records and on the tapes and 9/10 times its the pilots fault because they only requested a brief and never asked to file a flight plan. I think its an...
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    Specialists can brief anywhere

    It is true that when the FAA had flight service calls would roll as well. However, calls held in a flight plan area for significantly longer periods of time before rolling to adjacent flight plan areas. Minutes compared to seconds on Lockheed's system. I have watched the call tree and some...
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    Specialists can brief anywhere

    It is important to note that the upper level managers in charge of the flight service program are that, managers. Most have education and backgrounds in business areas like finance or management. They are the ones in charge and have all the power. However, with that said, the operations of...
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    Specialists can brief anywhere

    Lockheed Flight Service upper level management have recently stated that every specialist can brief anywhere in the country regardless of where they work. It is true that specialists workstations can pull up weather anywhere in the country. However, there are 3 service regions (West, Central...
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    Recall of laid off specialists

    Due to very high traffic counts Lockheed has decided to recall around 90 specialists. Specialists who want to come back have to report by June 21st. So far this summer Lockheed has been both taking and losing a large volume of calls which hurts their numbers. Exactly how many people will...
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    Serious Hiring Buzz

    The official word on the back pay is that it is still being worked out. The department of labor interviewed employees and first said it appeared to be an open and shut case against Lockheed. However, their preliminary report they issued sided with Lockheed and found that the company didn't do...
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    Serious Hiring Buzz

    Lockheed does not have any major hiring plans. The official word is that our current staffing is just about where management wants it. As veteran FAA specialists retire, most will not be replaced in the near term. There are no plans to hold an academy either. If attrition leaves openings...
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    1/23 Eastern Service Region fails due to layoffs

    The efficiency issue is a double edged sword. Lockheed Martin does not have enough weather briefers in every AOR to accommodate all of the calls that particular AOR gets. Here is what is happening... Lets say a pilot calls for a briefing in Florida. All of the briefers are busy so he has to...
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    afss.com

    I figured it was only a matter of time before they took the performance data off the website. It wouldn't make sense from a public relations standpoint since the performance has dropped quite noticeably since the layoffs and site closers this year. The AFSS site is really just a Public...
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    1/23 Eastern Service Region fails due to layoffs

    I have wondered the same thing. Many specialists use Adds products in our weather briefs as their products are very good and more than adequate to provide a briefing if you have a good understanding of weather. Notams can be easily obtained on the FAA naimes site. Its difficult for me to...
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    1/23 Eastern Service Region fails due to layoffs

    Today the inevitable happened. Due to a loss of over 100 flight service specialists the Eastern Service Region completely failed due to no where near adequate staffing. As of 230pm EST the eastern service region had over 200 lost calls. The service level was below 50% which is way below...
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    Staffing

    To be honest, AOPA has sold flight service out. They have done nothing but take Lockheeds side on everything after 2007. All they do is post articles about what Lockheed is doing, how service won't be affected, and how great a job they are doing. I was really hoping they would stick up for...
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    Future of Flight Service

    We have heard talk of notams going to the notam office. The problem is that we have around 25 to 30 people on notams Nationwide so the notam office would need at least That many new hires. The notams office is a gs14 job paying Over 100k. The last opening I saw for a regular notam specialist...
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    Staffing

    I have sent emails to my representatives, but never received any reply's of course. Getting congress to listen and understand whats going on is going to be very hard especially with the economy and health care taking center stage right now. I am hoping that the IAM has contacts in Washington...
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    Future of Flight Service

    As many know over the past year or so there has been a lot of speculation on Flight Service going back to the FAA. A lot of that info was based on the current administration forcing the FAA to take flight service back. However the recent reports on what is an inherantly governmental function...
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    Staffing

    Just thought I would post an update on the site closers and staffing issues. As of right now it appears that the site closers are going forward unless congress stops it from happening. Staffing as many know is already at dangerously low level. Lockheed PR is saying that service will not be...
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    Inherently Governmental

    Under the Bush Administration air traffic control and flight service lost its designation as an inherently governmental function. Its easy to see why that should not be the case for ATC but many don't understand what flight service does. The common saying is "No one has the audacity to say...