Glossary of Airline Terminology

Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS)

A Flight Service Station (FSS) is an air traffic facility that provides information and services to pilots before, during and after flights but does not separate aircraft. Typical services to pilots include opening and closing of flight plans, traffic advisories, emergency assistance, preflight briefings (including weather briefings and notices to airmen (NOTAMs). In 2005, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began a process to provide services to general aviation pilots utilizing a government network of Automated Flight Service Stations via a performance-based contract with Lockheed Martin. In 2007, services previously provided by 58 FAA sites were consolidated into 3 hubs and 15 refurbished existing facilities.

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