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    Maybe YWN didn’t get the report from their AP feed that they eat up blindly but last night the FAA computers when out causing 100s of planes to be grounded, causing 1000s of people to be delayed. Of course Toeva Pete won’t take heat from it. The WH response: it was a glitch. If it was Trump there would be investigations galore and someone would be forced to resign. But this is the Biden-Media alliance and it gets pushed aside.


    Please share your investigative journalism with us!

    Y.W. Editor

    This is the first time in 35+ years that there was any issue with this very complex (but borderline obsolete) software and data base system. After fixing a bug last night it failed to properly reboot this AM and was taken offline. Yes, there were interruptions and people were inconvenienced but better to be safe.
    The real long-term solution may be to do what most European countries and Canada have done and outsource management of air traffic control to the private sector which could update the software and would be much better equipped to finance and install new infrastructure and networks.
    Even something as perfect as the CR software platform does occasionally have a glitch but I don’t see anyone demanding that the Mods be fired.


    Can you bungle goodly?


    The secretary of Transportation does not run the day to day operations of the FAA.
    There are thousands of civil servants employed in the agency and they run the computers


    The percentage of flight cancellations and delays that are attributatable to FAA directives and software glitches a the air traffic control system is very small (I believe less than 5 percent) When local FAA flight centers slow down takeoffs and arrivals, it is not because of a software issue but instead typically based on safety concerns. Normally its th airports’ own departiure and arrival control ordering th delays based on need to clear runways, backup on deicing of planes, wind sheers which require longer spacing between aircraft etc. That is not an FAA national air traffic control issue but very airport specific.


    CTL > secretary of Transportation does not run the day to day operations of the FAA.

    I don’t know about this case, but there is a general tendency in government to work on what is visible to the bosses and public and ignore the rest. So every little item that is PC or otherwise inane by itself is not a disaster, but all together, they end up with people spending 90% of their time and money on secondary issues and ignoring, to some degree, the main ones, not even mentioning of wasting the money we gave them.

    Also, analyzing one disaster will not give us a trend of what happened. For example, a number of times someone brakes abruptly is predictive of a chance of getting into an accident. So, you need to look at statistics of “pre-disasters” – cases where there were “almost collisions”, etc and see if they are increasing.


    I wonder if it was a cyber attack?

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