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Which controllers are capable of providing flight following?

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Who can I request en-route advisories (flight watch) from? I know that TRACON and ATC centers can provide this, but what about normal tower controllers like KCDW tower with no associated approach/departure or TRSA freq?

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  1. Matthew Waugh on Jul 29, 2010

    It’s not clear what you’re asking. You’ve used 2 terms (“en-route advisories” and “flight watch”) that imply that you are referring to “En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS)” which has a radio call of “Flight Watch”.

    EFAS can only be obtained from Flight Service Stations and then only on specific frequencies. You cannot obtain EFAS from TRACON, Center, towers or, well anybody else.

    The people you’ve listed (TRACON, Center etc.) can provide radar traffic advisories (along with some other services like safety alerts) all on a workload permitting basis.

    Most tower controllers cannot provide radar advisories (although some towers combine a radar control in the cab, they will have a separate frequency published as approach/departure control). If you are going to enter the Class D airspace then you need to talk to the controller and I suppose, workload permitting, in VMC conditions they could provide some form of traffic advisories, but it’s non-radar, it’s not part of their job, and I wouldn’t exactly expect the service.

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