Rune Duke, AOPA director of airspace and traffic, emphasized that the telephone number pilots call to receive weather, flight planning, and other services will not change, nor will other flight services that pilots utilize.
Data on file with Lockheed including telephone numbers, user passwords, profiles, and other information pilots exchange with Lockheed, CSRA, and DUATS will not be affected.
Duke said the full transition could take up to a year and its overall effect to aviators will be minimal. During the transition, flight service personnel will begin answering the phones as Leidos Flight Service and the web portal’s branding will change.
Leidos specializes in providing solutions for national security, health, and infrastructure environments and had signed the agreement with Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions in January. The company is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and reported 2015 annual revenues of approximately $5.09 billion, according to a PR Newswire article.