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Flight Watch vs. Flight Service

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What is the difference between flight service and flight watch (EFAS)? I know Flight watch was shutdown or switched elsewhere a few years ago, was curios us if its still around or if now a FSS offers everything. 

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    Mark Kolber on Jul 04, 2017

    Flight Watch. It was just a division of duties – a dedicated FSS frequency for weather information so (a) for pilots there was a single frequency to call, uncluttered by other FSS tasks and (b) for FSS, it freed up others to handle other FSS functions.

    With the increased availability of in-cockpit weather, it was simply not being used as much, so the special duty frequency and assigned staff went away. The function – providing and taking weather information is still there; there just isn’t a special frequency for it.

    Think in terms of a family of 5 without a dishwasher in which one child is assigned the task of always washing the dishes after they were put on the counter by the sink. Then they get a dishwasher and the family just puts the dishes in the dishwasher instead of in the sink. The “special duty” child who is assigned dish washing duties, is no longer needed.

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