Fri, May 23, 2008
System "Crashed" At 2045 EDT Thursday
ANN REALTIME NEWS
ALERT, 05.23.08 1800 EDT: If any of our readers are
looking for an IT job... may we suggest applying with the FAA? It's
taken most of the day,
but some Notice to Airmen information is
now available, following a massive
systems failure late Thursday night.
Lockheed Martin warns listed FAA
NOTAM information remains unreliable, however, and
advises pilots to check with Flight Service for NOTAMs
issued after 2045 EDT Thursday.
Pilots may also go here to double-check for any new
NOTAMS that may still be unlisted, though Lockheed warns this list
does not include Obstruction Light Outage NOTAMS, and may not be
complete and accurate. Still, it's better than nothing.
It's not yet known when the affected FAA server will return to
full, uninterrupted operation.
0901 EDT: Our good friends at AOPA have alerted
us to a potentially serious aeronautical hazard. The FAA's
(NOT Lockheed Martin's) NOTAM server has crashed.
The system that produces such critical information as those
Security TFRs we all know and love suffered a computer failure at
or around midnight and has not been put back into service. As a
result, important information may NOT be available to aviators.
The limited "official" info that is available states this:
US NOTAM'S OFFICE IS OTS
CURRENT NOTAM LIST MAY NOT BE UP TO DATE.
PILOTS ARE CAUTIONED TO VERIFY THE STATUS OF NOTAMS & AP
CONDITIONS WITH ATC AND/OR LOCAL AIRPORT AUTHORITIES.
Be sure to check with all available resources for needed
information until the FAA can bring this system back into service.
We'll do our best to keep you updated...
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