Question of the Week: The End of FSS?

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Last week, we decided to put on an impromptu beauty contest among the new breed of very light jets/personal jets/sport little fast-moving numbers that we all wish we could stock a hangar with.

The results were tremendous, bringing in enough traffic to temporarily break our polling module on Tuesday afternoon.  Fortunately, our server team was able to decode the mangled results and get us back up and running in short order.

Cornering one in every four votes, the Diamond D-Jet took home the silver tiara in our pageant.  Cirrus's hot new The-Jet was a close runner-up, barely edging out ATG's Javelin, the HondaJet, and the Cessna Mustang for the honor.

A complete breakdown of the responses can be viewed here.
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Given the Lockheed Martin-run Flight Service Stations' modernization snafus, long telephone holding times, and the erosion of specialists' knowledge of local areas due to facility consolidation, one AVweb reader has suggested that the FAA should just shut down FSS completely since DUATS provides the same service.

Should the FAA eliminate FSS and require pilots to obtain flight briefings and file flight plans via the computer-based DUATS system?  Click here to answer.

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