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Introduction to the AFSS. St. Petersburg Automated Flight Service Station. Weather Briefer’s Position. Types of Weather Briefings. Standard (Within 2 Hours). Abbreviated (Supplement / Specific weather request). Outlook (Beyond 6 hours: Will not include NOTAMS).

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Introduction to the afss

Introduction to the AFSS

St. Petersburg Automated

Flight Service Station


Weather briefer s position

Weather Briefer’s Position


Types of weather briefings

Types of Weather Briefings

  • Standard

    (Within 2 Hours)

  • Abbreviated

    (Supplement / Specific weather request)

  • Outlook

    (Beyond 6 hours: Will not include NOTAMS)


Background information

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

  • Type of Flight (International / IFR / VFR)

  • Aircraft Identification (Last name if unavailable)

  • Type of Aircraft

  • Departure Airport

  • Estimated Time of Departure

  • Altitude(s) Requested for Winds Aloft

  • Route of Flight and Destination Airport

  • Estimated Time Enroute


Background information1

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Type of Flight (International / IFR / VFR)


Background information2

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Aircraft Identification


Background information3

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Type of Aircraft


Background information4

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Departure Airport

“K” Only required for International


Background information5

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Estimated Time of Departure


Background information6

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Altitude(s) Requested for Winds Aloft


Background information7

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Route of Flight & Destination Airport


Background information8

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Estimated Time Enroute


Introduction to the afss

“K” Is required


Elements of a standard brief

Elements of a Standard Brief

  • Adverse conditions

  • Synopsis

  • VNR (VFR NOT RECOMMENDED)

  • Current Weather (including Radar and Pilot Reports

  • Departure Enroute / Destination Forecast

  • Winds Aloft

  • Notices to Airmen and ATC Traffic Delays


Abbreviated briefing

Abbreviated Briefing

  • Updates will include any changes since your last acquired briefing

  • Limited to the requested information only (Adverse conditions will always be included)


Outlook briefing

Outlook Briefing

  • Proposed departure is six hours or more from time of briefing

  • No current weather, NOTAMS or winds aloft unless requested


Review helpful hints

Review & Helpful Hints

  • State type of briefing requested

  • Background information required

  • When filing, follow flight plan or ask for guidance

  • Specify which Executive or International airport

  • Ask to slow down if going too fast

  • Hold questions till the end (unless there is something you don’t understand)


Telephone information briefing service tibs

Telephone Information Briefing Service (TIBS)

  • TPA / PIE 2-11

  • DAB 2-12

  • MCO / ORL2-13

  • MLB / VRB2-14

  • Winds Aloft 2-15

  • MCO Class B 2-16

  • SRQ Class C 2-17

  • TPA Class B2-18

  • DAB Class B2-19

  • Mac Dill AFB2-20

  • MTRs2-21

  • Shuttle Info 2-22

  • Hurricane 2-23

  • Special Events 2-24

  • Sun n’ Fun 2-25


In flight position

In-Flight Position


Pie afss frequencies

PIE AFSS Frequencies

VORs:Emergency Common Discrete

PIE: HIWAS 116.4121.5 / 243.0122.2 VHFPIE: 122.45*

ORL: HIWAS 112.2 PIE PIE PIE: 123.6

VRB: HIWAS 117.3 VRB VRB TIX: 123.6

OMN:112.6 MLB Ft DrumOMN: 122.4

SRQ:115.2 ORL VRB: 122.5

LAL: 116.0 MLB: 122.6

MLB:110.0 255.4 UHFORL: 122.65*

PIEORL: 123.65

Airport Advisory Frequencies VRBBKV: 122.3

PIE: 118.3CTAF MLBSEF: 122.25

PIE: 121.8Ground ORLPGD: 122.025

SPG: 121.9 Ground

VORs: 7 / Local: 3 / Common: 4 VHF / 4 UHF / Discrete: 11 / Emerg: 6

HIWAS: Specialist will only respond to Emergencies

Total Frequencies: 35

* Designated High Altitude / However may be used for any altitude


In flight responsibilities

In-Flight Responsibilities

  • Open and Close Flight Plans

  • Weather updates

  • Airfile Flight Plans

  • Pilot Reports

  • When in Doubt Call Flight Service


In flight review helpful hints

In-Flight Review & Helpful Hints

  • Use complete registration on initial call

  • Give frequency and approximate location

  • Using VOR, transmit 122.1 and receive over VOR frequency

  • When changing aircraft, give old aircraft numbers first

  • Avoid “any radio”


Flight data responsibilities

Flight Data Responsibilities

  • Search and Rescue

  • Advise Customs

  • Amend Flight Plans

  • Flight Plan Fast Files

  • Pass Military Arrivals and Departures

  • Enter Weather


Flight data helpful hints

Flight Data Helpful Hints

  • Always Close Flight Plans. If you see you will be late, extend ETE with FSS

  • Talk Slowly When Using Fast File. Allow At Least an Hour Before ETD. Include a Call Back Number


Clearance delivery

Clearance Delivery

  • Clearance request: No more than 20 minutes from ETD

  • Give departure runway and time

  • Don’t ask for weather brief

  • Don’t file flight plan on clearance line

Clearance Delivery (800) 225-5028


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