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En Route Flight Advisory Service
En Route Flight Advisory Service

A service specifically designed to provide, upon pilot request, timely weather information pertinent to his/her type of flight, intended route of flight, and altitude. The FSSs providing this service are listed in the Airport/Facility Directory.

source: FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary
A shortened term for use in air-ground contacts to identify the flight service station providing En Route Flight Advisory Service; e.g., "Oakland Flight Watch."
source: FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary
En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS): An en route weather-only AFSS service.
source: FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A)
En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS): An en route weather-only AFSS service.
source: FAA Risk Management Handbook (FAA-H-8083-2)
En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS): An en route weather-only AFSS service.
source: FAA Weight Shift Control Handbook (FAA-H-8083-5)
The purpose of EFAS, radio call “FLIGHT WATCH” (FW), is to provide en route aircraft with timely and pertinent weather data tailored to a specific altitude and route using the most current available sources of aviation meteorological information.

EFAS specialists tailor en route flight advisories to the phase of flight that begins after climb out and ends with descent to land. Current weather and terminal forecast at the airport of first intended landing and/or the alternate airport is provided on request.

When conditions dictate, EFAS specialists provide information on weather for alternate routes and/or altitudes to assist the pilot in the avoidance of hazardous flight conditions. The pilot is advised to contact the adjacent flight watch facility when adverse weather conditions along the intended route extend beyond the Flight Watch Area (FWA).

EFAS is NOT used for routine in-flight services; e.g., flight plan filing, position reporting, or full route (pre-flight) briefings. If a request for information is received that is not within the scope of EFAS, the pilot is advised of the appropriate AFSS/FSS to contact.

EFAS specialists suggest route or destination changes to avoid areas of weather that in the judgment of the specialists constitutes a threat to safe flight.

EFAS is provided on 122.0 MHz to aircraft below FL180. An assigned discrete frequency is used to provide EFAS to aircraft at FL180 and above. This frequency can also be used for communications with aircraft below FL180 when communication coverage permits. Aircraft operating at FL 180 or above that contact FW on frequency 122.0 MHz are advised to change to the discrete frequency for EFAS.

source: FAA/NOAA Aviation Weather Services (AC 00-45G)

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