- October 19, 2006, 7:11 AM
Lockheed Martin on October 4 is scheduled to take over operation of Flight Service Stations and, according to AOPA, the company promises the transition will be seamless. Lockheed Martin’s mission over the next 18 months is to upgrade the FSS system and consolidate the number of stations from 58 to 20. Nearly all of the 2,000 FSS specialists, formerly FAA employees, will remain on the job as employees of Lockheed Martin. Next April, Lockheed Martin plans to launch Flight Service 21 to allow pilots to obtain FSS briefings and file and store flight plans online.