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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

    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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    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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    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...
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    AFSS downsizing affecting ATC

    I am writing to bring up an issue that is becoming more and more of a problem. Lockheed has been downsizing flight service significantly every year trying to squeeze more profit out of a free service. Along with this downsizing the service has been dropping fast for pilots, operational...
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    New Airline/Airport Security

    I am sure everyone has heard of the latest terrorist attempt on board a US bound airliner. Like always our government has issued what in my opinion are useless knee jerk reaction rules. The new rules supposedly require passengers on international flights coming into the US stay in their seats...
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    Interesting Figures on Flight Service

    A recent report sent to congress and the secretary of transportation outlines how flight service has been affected by the outsourceing to Lockheed and their downsizing. Flight Service Traffic FY2004 = 25,922,000 (Last year before Lockheed began the takeover) FY2005 = 22,519,000 (Lockheed...
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    Facilities Closing 2/1/10

    Lockheed announced today that almost all C-Cites will be closing February 1, 2010. The sites closing are Honolulu, Seattle, Columbia, Nashville, Kankakee, Lansing, and St. Pete. Around 130 specialists will be losing their jobs due to this move. The closings must be approved by the FAA before...
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    Update on things

    Flight Service has been quite a roller coaster for quite some time. I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the hard working specialists who despite the horrid treatment by air traffic controllers, the FAA, and especially Lockheed Martin, show up to work everyday to do their part in supporting...
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    Expanded AOR's

    When the FAA controlled flight service specialists were responsible for knowing an area with a 400 mile radius from their facility. This allowed specialists to become very familiar on airports, nav-aids, airways, and most importantly the terrain and weather for that area. Today Lockheed...
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    Reply to Lockheed ISGS Post

    Dear Information Systems and Global Services, I would like to thank you for adding some good information to the flight service section of Stuckmic. This website is a very well known aviation forum where individuals can share information on jobs and the aviation industry. Since the flight...
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    Prior ATC Developmentals

    According to the latest arbitration under Article 108, prior ATC Developmentals are not required to attend the OKC Academy again since they have already been through it and graduated. It says we are supposed to be sent directly to a facility. In the past I was told that I could get back in...
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    Contract is out

    Attached above is the PDF summary of the contract for AFSS Specialists. This is a 3 year contract with 3% wage increases each year. Employees will still receive vacation at the same rate yearly, but the cap for all employees will be 320 hours. The company will pay 75% of health premiums for...
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    Union Negotiations

    I would first like to say congratulations to the FAA Air Traffic Controllers out there today who after years of working under imposed work rules and horrid pay, finally won the battle and through arbitration secured a 27% pay raise across all pay bands over the next 3 years. This will bring...
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    Flight Service going back to FAA

    The following information is not 100% definite. However information that has come in from multiple fairly credible sources all seems to mention the same thing. That is that the FAA will be taking back control of Flight Service after October 2010 when the first contract period ends. Sources...
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    Result of Contracting out ATC Services

    There has often been talk about what would happen if ATC was contracted out. Now that Lockheed has been running flight service for several years we can finally get a glimpse of how the private sector would handle ATC. I am not going to give my opinion, but merely give the facts from what...