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Airport's FAA office named best in region

The Federal Aviation Administration's flight services office at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport has been named the best in the agency's southern region for 2002.

The automated flight service station, one of 12 in the Southeast, provides pilots with flight planning, weather briefings and search-and-rescue functions. The stations competed on efficiency, customer service, communications, employee development, external relations, resource management, human relations, professionalism and employee morale.

"This award is a validation of our tireless efforts to provide the absolute best service to the Florida flying community," said Bob Fishman, the office's air traffic manager.

The St. Petersburg flight service office is the busiest in the country, providing more than 1.1-million flight services in 2002 to aircraft around Florida. Each year, St. Petersburg employees also work at a temporary Flight Service Station at Lakeland's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In. The facility has 83 employees.

Other flight service stations in Florida are in Miami and Gainesville.

_ Staff, wire reports

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