ATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2559 posts, RR: 34 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2297 times:
Today marks the first day that Lockheed-Martin will take over duties of FAA Flight Service Station Controllers. I would just like to send a thanks out to all the AFSS Controllers out there who lost their jobs due to the contracting. You guys have served the aviation community well and you wont be forgotten. Sad to say, but I believe this is a precedent that we as controllers will soon be contracted out. Contracting safety...in my opinion...is never an option. Thanks for all the help you have given me in my flying and for being nice when as a student ATC we call up and totally F'up the weather form! Thanks again, and I hope you all find a good life in your future careers or retirement.
TWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3177 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2246 times:
Flying here in Grand Forks - i was talking to "John" at the Grand forks FSS, his last night as a federal employee, sorta sad once i thought about it, especially being above north dakota at 10PM, thinking somewhere down there this guy gave all he could and is getting fired. i dunno, just a moment i guess.
life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
DCrawley From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 371 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2182 times:
To All FSS employees whom I have contacted over the years:
Thank you for your patience with me at the beginning of my flight career. Thank you for the many updates you gave me inflight over the years. Thanks for helpin' me avoid bad weather back when I flew a Beech Sport. Always nice people everywhere I have flown and wish the best for 'em.
"Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive."
GoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2816 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2155 times:
I'll miss calling up here in southern New Hampshire and getting "Baaaaaaaaaangor Flight Service!" Hopefully Lockheed Martin can do just as good a job as the FSS did. I must say, though, the Bangor ones were the friendliest that I talked to.
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2125 times:
The younger employees will probably get hired on by Lockheed.. The older ones will be retired.. They will probably take a pay cut and the quality will decline along with the wages.. Maybe after this decision kills a few people the government will reconsider.
ATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2559 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1968 times:
They older guys have the option of getting picked up with lockheed, but those that are in 20-14 years, why would they. At 25 they are eligible for their retirement. The FAA basically said screw em (those near retirement age).
Today I called thm twice from the tower with our hourly weather reports, when the lady asked me what Wind: VRB@06 meant, the supervisor and I about lost it. (for those who arent weather inclined, it means Variable). This, coming from a so-called weather "professional". I wont say anything about the FAA (since I want a job someday), but jeez...