Category: About FSB

Adios! That was our last International Bulletin (for non-members)

Dear Reader!

First, thanks for being part of this amazing group for the last year. We loved sharing our alerts, risks, dangers, and deviousness with you. It’s been a blast.

As we’ve mentioned, we’re now focusing our attention solely on Opsgroup members, so the International Ops Bulletin that you got yesterday was the last one for the year, and tomorrows Daily Brief will also be el final (sp? we’re good at Ops, not Spanish).

OK, so. Here’s the deal. We would like you, our favorite reader ever, to be part of this amazing group – 5000 airlines, pilots, dispatchers, airports, atcos, agencies, amazing-experts, analysts … the people that run international flight ops. Whatever the group is now, it’s going to be even more amazing – as we are adding in new contacts, better information, easier searching, and making it easier for members to connect with each other. We’ll continue the good fight against crappy circulars, mind-numbing mandates, awful AIC’s, nasty notams, and continue to remind the state bureaucrats that the people reading this stuff are Humans, not computers. We’ll continue to sniff out the security risks, and share them with those that need to know. And we’ll continue to basically make cool stuff – maps, charts, apps, guides, and winter ear-warmers – for the Opsgroup community.

We’ll also continue to manage the Clipperton FIR (ADS-B almost in place), keep adding things to Airport Spy, continue working with ICAO on Norm (he’ll be done for Christmas, we’re sure!), get SafeAirspace V2 online (coming December), and of course continue the hourly alerts, daily briefs, and weekly bulletins for members.

Bottom line, our request is that you join us! We need people like you to help this group. Put another way, we don’t want to continue without you.

Whatever your choice is, have a lovely day and rest of year, and let us be the first to wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and if we don’t see you until next year, Happy Christmas!

The Opsgroup Team – Ben, Cynthia, Igor, Dave, Dean, Slobodan, Amelia, Jamie, and Mark.

team@ops.group

PS –

If you prefer, you can also waitlist for 2019. Once we reopen membership, we may have a slightly different approval process, but you can add your name to be notified here.

How OpsGroup works – for questions

I love how the hive-mind works. We have 5000 members, and so it shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s still awesome to see it in action.

Yesterday, in slack, a member asked:

Now, I’ve never heard of Novolazarevskaya Station, but that’s not important. There are another 4,999 of us, and chances are that someone in the group has.

So, we blasted it out on the ATIS this morning:

The ATIS goes out to all group members in the OpsGroup Daily Brief.

And of course, someone got right to it, answering the question:

This is how OpsGroup works! Simple, and extremely effective. When one person knows, we all know.

Bonus: The first OpsGroup team member to see the question was @Jamie – Opsgroup Team, who has been on the ice on five separate missions for the US Antarctic program, and has spent a combined total of three years down there.

New International Operations Daily Brief from FSB

Flight Service Bureau is now publishing a Daily Brief for the 4000+ airlines, pilots, operators, and dispatchers who are OpsGroup members.

Every morning, FSB provides the latest updates across 18 categories – including Airport, Runway, Fuel, Airspace, Procedures, Delays, Risk, Hazard, Severe Wx, Costs, Strikes, and Events – direct to OpsGroup members by email.

To receive the Daily Brief, as a member, you don’t need to do anything additional. To report any update back to the team, just hit reply.

If you are not a member and would like the Brief, plus the other benefits of OpsGroup, then you can check here for the group status and if we are currently accepting new members.

FSB continues to provide the weekly International Ops Bulletin every Wednesday to 50,000 readers.

 

Further reading

  • About OpsGroup – the heart of International Flight Operations
  • Feb 20, 2018 – new members being accepted, read why.
  • Join OpsGroup – single and team, Flight Department memberships available.

 

We’re from the FSB, and we’re here to help you (with some First Aid)

We’re from the FSB, and we’re here to help you.

Comforting, right? We hope so! Our middle name is Service (did you spot that?), and what motivates us most is helping you. So let us. We have a team of super-smart International Flight Operations Specialists (except for Dave, who likes to hold Alligators).

We’ll give you the smartest person from FSB, and they’re all yours.

These are the same folks that manage delivery flights for American Airlines, move helicopters through Antarctica, and figure out routings for every new DHC-6 delivery. They also publish the weekly International Ops Bulletin (Take a look at one here). They monitor the worlds airspace for dangers (See safeairspace.net). They answer thousands of Ops questions a year from Pilots, Dispatchers, and Controllers in the amazing OpsGroup.

It’s an extra pair of hands in your ops department whenever you need it.

What might we help you with?

That’s entirely up to you. Here are some things we’re good at:

  • Figuring out the best routes for ad-hoc flights
  • Taking a look at your trip plans and telling you what you missed
  • Advising on airspace entry requirements
  • Telling you what places to avoid because they are dangerous or a rip-off
  • Running test flight plans for new aircraft
  • Answering questions about International Ops in depth
  • Talking to ATC, CAA’s, ICAO, or Government Agencies on your behalf
  • Organise weird permits
  • Clear up confusion over regulations
  • Tell you why to use slack instead of email.
  • Get stuff done where it’s difficult because of procedure or language. 
  • We can speak Spanish in Nicaragua or Dutch in Suriname. Russian in Russia. German. French. Whatever it takes.
  • Help you plan routes around unsafe airspace.
  • Finally get that Flight Plan accepted by the Eurocontrol computer.
  • Cross check your ambitious Pacific crossing plans
  • Dig into the extensive network of FSB contacts
  • Resolve those unpaid Nav Fees for you
  • Get info on that out-of-the-way airport you’re thinking about going to
  • Help with Aircraft Importation

But, ultimately, you decide what you want us to do. We’ll do research for you. Cast a second set of eyes on your plans. Do the filing. Pick up your laundry. Whatever.

If you like, ask us first before you buy our time. But we can do almost anything you ask. Except for an Australian TSP. You’re on your own with that. We love not doing TSP’s.

Now for a radical idea:

Here’s the normal way:

  1. Find a consultant. Turns out to be the wrong one.
  2. Find another consultant. Tell them what you want done.
  3. Rephrase what you want done, so that they understand.
  4. Get your wishes converted into complex-speak. (Keywords: Deliverables, Project Outline, Value Proposition, Customer Focus, Scope, Deadline)
  5. Navigate through the jargon overload.
  6. Get a big contract to send off to legal. Remind legal. Remind legal again.
  7. Widen eyes at the asking price. Negotiate. Settle for reducing the fee from ridiculous to extortionate.
  8. Some months and Hows it all going?’s later, get started. Maybe.
  9. More likely – return to Step 1 and continue from there.

If you want to take that route, get started with Google Search: Aviation Consultants. See you in a few months.

 

Here’s our way:

  1. The price is $200 per hour

  2. You tell us what to do

  3. We do it.

Radical!

How, when, what if

Pick your plan. 5 hours or 10 hours. Place the order above. We’ll email you to say hi. You tell us what needs to be done. We’ll pick the best person and we’ll get started. When? Probably today. Maybe tomorrow. After the time is up, you can buy some more, if you need more work done.

And, if you’re not happy with our work, or we can’t help, we’ll send you a full refund, right away.

Welcome to Flight Service Bureau! Questions? firstaid@flightservice.org

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