Flying to Flight Service Stations

Published by David V. Barth at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 by David V. Barth

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Preface
Chapter 2: My first night flight
Chapter 3: Following my first flight, I began taking flying lessons
Chapter 4: Flying to my first unlighted runway at night
Chapter 5: Flight Service Stations used to be at many airports
Chapter 6: Flying into clouds
Chapter 7: Flying at night
Chapter 8: I enjoyed flying at night to small airports with a flight service station
Chapter 9: Flying at night into a 35 mph headwind and getting low on fuel
Chapter 10: St. Elmo's Fire on the propeller
Chapter 11: You could get a drink of water, go potty, chat, relax, get warm, get a weather briefing, and file a flight plan at a flight service station in the middle of nowhere, 24/7, even on Christmas Eve
Chapter 12: To "save money" flight service stations at small airports around the country were closed
Chapter 13: Landing at an unlighted airport on a moonless night
Chapter 14: Most cozy flight service stations at small, country airports have been closed
Chapter 15: Discover other titles by David V. Barth at
Chapter 16: About the Author

Chapter 1: Preface

This essay is about flying to flight service stations (FSS) when they were spread across the nation at small, country airports, until the 1990s when they were combined into several large flight service centers. In the old days, you could fly to an FSS on Christmas Eve in the middle of nowhere, and there would be the attendant in the cozy room, ready to provide any information you needed about weather conditions, just talk for a bit, get warmed up, take a potty break, get a drink from the water fountain, and sit and relax before taking off on your next leg.

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