Concerning the “new” Lockheed Martin Flight Service System, I am sick and tired of hearing alternative sources being suggested for obtaining a weather briefing.
Lockheed, the FAA and AOPA overwhelmingly advocated this privatization as the best thing since sliced white bread.
I suggest calling them even more and forcing them to deliver the services they promised. I personally think they want pilots to go elsewhere and eventually wean them off of calling. What a deal! Get paid by our tax money and not have to deliver services as promised. Can I get one of those contracts?
Lockheed was awarded this contract in October of 2005. How much longer are we going to let them tell us the “fix” is right around the corner? They obviously have failed. Time for a new strategy.
I personally use the flight service system as much as possible.
Remember, when you get a briefing from flight service it is taped and can be used to help you in the event of an infraction.