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Features May 2012 Issue

Where is our FS21?

Today’s briefers carry on a proud history of service as they connect with over 80,000 people a week. But should GA be proud—or abashed—at what “service” means today?

The tale used to go like this: It’s a dark and stormy night. You’ve spent the last 500 miles bouncing around the inside of an unbroken cloud, living in a world of round instruments 20 inches in front of your face. You’ve kept the attitude indicator blue-side up, the altimeter’s 100s hand at 12 o’clock, and the CDI needle within a degree or two of center as VOR after VOR has ticked by. On departure, the TAF for your destination was sickeningly close to minimums—but that information is hours old.

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