Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Technology Review: FAA outage reveals odd computing practices

Not comforting...

When a computer glitch at a Federal Aviation Administration center caused widespread airline delays this week, it served as a reminder that the U.S. flight system is waiting for a modernizing overhaul. But it also appears the FAA's management of its existing technologies falls short of standards in other vital sectors.


Basil Barimo, vice president of operations and safety for the Air Transport Association of America, a trade association that represents the nation's largest carriers, says the fundamental problem is that the FAA still relies on outdated technology, including a radar-based control system designed in the 1940s and '50s. Barimo is optimistic that the FAA's NextGen modernization program -- a $15 billion-plus upgrade to satellite-based technology that will take nearly 20 years to complete -- will help make more efficient use of the nation's airspace and safely allow more planes in the sky.

Technology Review: FAA outage reveals odd computing practices

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