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FAA Outage Causes Many Delays and Reveals Outdated System

Posted on September 1, 2008 4:09 pm under Aviation Accident

Last week, a glitch at the Atlanta Federal Aviation Administration center caused a large number of flight delays nationwide. The U.S. flight system was unable to register new flight plans, causing hundreds of planes to stay grounded as the Salt Lake City location struggled to pick up the slack.

Fortunately, this computer glitch did not cause any injuries; however, the failure of the computer system revealed that the United States’ flight  system is outdated. According to FAA representatives, the problem occurred when new software was being loaded onto the computers at the Atlanta center.

The vice president of operations and safety for the Air Transportation Association of America, Basil Barimo, noted that the real problem is that the FAA is still using outdated technology that was developed in the 1940s. Barimo supports a $15 billion or more upgrade of the system and hopes to see it completed in the next 20 years.

While no one was injured as a result of this major glitch, a more serious glitch could have been responsible for the misdirection of hundreds, if not thousands, of planes. Aviation accidents are incredibly dangerous, given the size and speed of the air crafts.

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