This is a historical quirk. “Flight Service Station” is nothing
than a 1980’s (or late 70’s) name-change for an animal that was
simply as the airport radio station. The operators were known as
“radio operators”, officially licensed under international rules, and
the site would be called “Brandon Radio”, or whatever. Back
most airports of any consequence had one.
The job morphed somewhat as communication
for ATC centres improved drastically, and things like ATIS came to
Perhaps the importance of “xyz Radio” as an extension of the old
Centre’s limited-range VHF diminished somewhat, but the basic provision
of weather, flight-plan-acceptance/termination, and air-ground
Transport then tried to highlight the “service” aspects of the job,
rearranged the responsibilities a little bit, and changed the name to
try to improve the image.... .
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