Wednesday, August 27, 2008

When one receives a letter, it’s always politest to respond. We were fortunate to receive an e-mail from one we’ll call ‘Freebird.’ The letter read as follows:

Are you ever going to revive Flight Service Sigmet? Do you need
outside help. Did you retire from LM? I always thought your blog was
very good, but it is a drag that it is inactive. I also am a flight
service controller, so I always could really relate to it. Would you
like a guest blog, or have you just decided to stop?

Fair questions, and we’re gratified that people still visit this site hoping to find some relevant information. And we always welcome outside commentary, experiences and thoughts through our e-mail. But the primary purpose of Flight Service Sigmet was to alert pilots, and the public in general, to what awaited them in the contracting out of Flight Service. Since pilots are now living with the contract, our approach became res ipsa loquitur.

But perhaps there is room for additional commentary. Pilots may be under the impression that Flight Service is now ‘stabilized’ in its present form. This would be inaccurate. Lord knows that pilots have been disappointed with LM AFSS to a degree not seen during the FAA days. From our view, between broken promises of the past, and more broken promises to come, it’s not going to get any better.

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