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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

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

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 / ORL 2-13
  • MLB / VRB 2-14
  • Winds Aloft 2-15
  • MCO Class B 2-16
  • SRQ Class C 2-17
  • TPA Class B 2-18
  • DAB Class B 2-19
  • Mac Dill AFB 2-20
  • MTRs 2-21
  • Shuttle Info 2-22
  • Hurricane 2-23
  • Special Events 2-24
  • Sun n’ Fun 2-25
pie afss frequencies
PIE AFSS Frequencies

VORs: Emergency Common Discrete

PIE: HIWAS 116.4 121.5 / 243.0122.2 VHF PIE: 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 Drum OMN: 122.4

SRQ: 115.2 ORL VRB: 122.5

LAL: 116.0 MLB: 122.6

MLB: 110.0 255.4 UHF ORL: 122.65*

PIE ORL: 123.65

Airport Advisory Frequencies VRB BKV: 122.3

PIE: 118.3 CTAF MLB SEF: 122.25

PIE: 121.8 Ground ORL PGD: 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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