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What do you think about the service from flight service stations?What do you think about the service from flight service stations?

The FAA is asking pilots to participate in a Web-based survey about your views of the flight service station (FSS) system. The survey is aimed at identifying what FSS services pilots use and the quality of the service they receive.

This survey is part of a larger FAA study that will compare the cost and value of continuing to provide FSS services by the FAA versus contracting some services to outside sources. AOPA is participating in this analysis being conducted under federal Office of Management and Budget Advisory Circular 76 (A-76) guidelines to protect pilots' interests and ensure a modernized FSS system without user fees.

"Because some 60 percent of AOPA members use FSS phone calls for preflight weather briefings, this questionnaire is a great opportunity for pilots to tell the FAA about what FSS services they use and the problems they encounter," said AOPA Vice President Melissa Bailey. "Whatever is the outcome of the FAA work, aviation weather services are a critical safety function that must be provided by the government without fees to pilots."

The survey will run through August 31 and is being administered by MITRE's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD).

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