reply to post by shauny
Well...."every other day"?
If you wish to include the entire Globe, including all of the Third World countries....most of that news doesn't really reach the media.
US Airlines have been having a greatly improved safety record, despite increasing traffic operations year-over-year. This mostly do to better
training, specifically in the 'workig together' approach in a cockpit, getting well away from the 'authoritarian' approach of the past.
The FAA computer outage in Georgia....simply a sign of the crumbling FAA infrastructure. Using, for the most part, 1960s era computer technology that
has been "upgraded" when it needed to be fully replaced. There WAS an enhancement done to the ARTCC systems, maybe a decade ago...but it, I am
told, fell far short of what was needed....Reason? Funding.
The computer facility in Georgia handles flight plans for part of the country, mostly East and SouthEast, while the Salt Lake City does the
rest...they're designed, I assume, to back each other up. There is far more traffic in the East and SouthEast, though....so SLC was overwhelmed.
And, remember....this was only about airplanes filing IFR flight plans (as all commercial flights do) and the need for the computer to communicate to
the 'Big Boys' in DC, the ones who issue 'ground stops'.....they like to say it's 'flow control'. These are the guys and gals who decide to
delay a flight from taking off, because of the weather at a certain destination airport, or region.
So, flights already operating? Not affected. Those waiting to leave? Delayed.
What really keeps the entire FAA Air Traffic Control system working is the human element. The controllers have sometimes less than sophisticated
equipment to work with, but they still have a brain! Pilots are (usually)understanding, but can get frustrated....everyone is only human, after
Trying to explain all of this to non-pilots (passengers).....priceless!!
The US needs to spend the money to upgrade to real new computers, not just 'patches'....within one decade. Tell Congress.
Reason I say that is, there is a huge number of mandatory age retirements in the next decade, of controllers. Lots of experience walking out the
door....but, if you're under the age requirement (can't remember....I think it's 30) and want an exciting career telling pilots what to do, then