Forty-six Flight Service Specialists recently graduated from Lockheed Martin’s Flight Service Academy in Prescott Valley, Ariz., including John Lockheed, great-grandson of company founder Allan Loughead.
Each of the 46 will be assigned to a Flight Service Station operated by Lockheed Martin.
Students at the Flight Service Academy undergo 10 weeks of stringent academic classes, according to Lockheed Martin officials. The course provides prerequisite core knowledge, including meteorology and basic navigation, required for their subsequent on-the-job training and certifications as Flight Service Specialists.
Lockheed Martin Information Technology assumed operation of 58 Flight Service Stations in October 2005 after being awarded a $1.7 billion outsourcing contract by the FAA. Lockheed Martin’s network includes three new hubs and 17 refurbished automated Flight Service Stations.
Before undergoing training as a Flight Service specialist, John Lockheed served with the U.S. Air Force in Kirkuk, Iraq, and was recognized as both Airman of the Year and Air Traffic Controller of the Year by the Air National Guard in 2004. Lockheed also was selected as one of the U.S. Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in 2005.
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