The FAA has reopened flight service stations (FSSs) to permit "over-the-counter" briefings for pilots. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, the FAA put all facilities off-limits to visitors, including flight service stations, control towers, and air traffic control centers.
AOPA argued for pilot access to these facilities, particularly FSS. Now the FAA has received approval from security officials to allow walk-in briefings at flight service stations. The general notice reopening FSS to pilots was signed Friday afternoon and goes into effect at midnight.
"We know that briefers were as frustrated as we were by not being permitted to talk to pilots face to face," said Melissa Bailey, AOPA vice president of air traffic services. "We're pleased the FAA found a way to safely reestablish this communication."