Sunday, September 28, 2014

Note To Terrorists: If You Want To Really Screw Up Air Travel...

From the Chicago Sun Times:
While flight delays are expected to continue through the week at Chicago’s two airports, the arson-damaged Aurora radar facility that disrupted thousands of travelers should be fully restored by Oct. 11, federal aviation officials said Sunday.
The fire, allegedly set by a contract employee who then tried to tried to commit suicide, destroyed 23 of the facility’s 29 computer racks, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Sunday after he was briefed on the situation by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
Workers are toiling around the clock to restore communications and radar equipment, while the computer network is being completely replaced in a separate part of the facility, the FAA said in a statement.
“In the meantime, they’ve set up some alternative communication lines with other Midwestern cities to restore the normal capacity,” Durbin said.
The Aurora facility controls air traffic for flights traveling at 5,000 feet or higher over the Midwest. It’s critical to air travel all over the country because of its central location.
Air traffic controllers are creating plans that are “evolving and improving by the hour” to compensate for the redirected flights, National Air Traffic Controllers Association spokeswoman Trish Gilbert said in an emailed statement Sunday.
One little fire pretty much took out airline traffic in the Midwest and will continue to cause problems for a bout 3 weeks more.
Maybe it's time to upgrade and create back ups to prevent problems like this?

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