SoCal TRACON Radio Failure Diverts Flights | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 11.19.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.19.14 **
** Airborne 11.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.17.14 **
** Airborne 11.14.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.14.14 **

Fri, Feb 15, 2008

SoCal TRACON Radio Failure Diverts Flights

Latest Glitch Lasts 15 Minutes

It wasn't the biggest problem to strike the beleaguered Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) but it still left an impression. On Thursday, a radio outage at the facility forced three flights to divert from landing at San Diego's Lindbergh Field.

The communications failure -- which only lasted about 15 minutes, reports The Associated Press -- also delayed 18 departures. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency is investigating what led to the failure.

Two flights inbound to SAN were diverted to Phoenix, and one to Los Angeles, according to airport officials.

As ANN reported, the former Palm Springs TRACON was consolidated into the San Diego facility (SCT), located near Miramar, last July. One day after the switchover, the newly-integrated center suffered its first technical glitch -- the fiber-optic cable connecting the Palm Springs radar to Miramar went down for 90 minutes, forcing a switch in control of aerial operations over the Coachella Valley to Palmdale.

While the technical snags appeared, for the most part, to have been resolved -- at least before Thursday -- controllers at the center slammed the FAA in August 2007, claiming a shortage of qualified staff led to a rash of operational errors, that forced a three-day suspension of training operations at the facility.

That isn't a new argument from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, as the union continues its bitter fight against the agency -- particularly in the court of public opinion -- over the lack of a contract, and as controllers continue to retire from the agency at hire numbers than forecast. Still, the FAA moved quickly to counter NATCA's assertions that SCT wasn't safe, as ANN reported.

You can bet this latest glitch, minor as it may have been, will do nothing to quell that dispute.

FMI: www.faa.gov, www.natca.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 11.19.14: FAA v Pirker Update, F-35C Night Traps, G650ER Delivers

Also: EAA’s Eric Fatla, Legend Cubs Honor Veterans, EAA Hall Of Fame, AAA Record Breakers, AMA Responds to AP Welcome to the first Airborne to be webcast in our Fourth year o>[...]

GAMA, NATA Among More Than 500 Signers Of Letters Urging Tax Credit Extension

Letters Sent To All Members Of Congress Press For Action In Lame-Duck Session GAMA and NATA were among 527 organizations signing letters to leaders in the U.S. House and Senate cal>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.20.14)

Montana Pilot's Association Montana Pilot's Association (MPA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1939, comprised of nearly 700+ pilots, to serve the interests and needs of gen>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.20.14): Cold Air Damming (CAD)

The phenomenon in which a low-level cold air mass is trapped topographically. Often, this cold air is entrenched on the east side of mountainous terrain.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.20.14)

"While it is disappointing to see the third-quarter sales drop slightly compared to the first half of the year, the industry has experienced modest year-over-year growth in sales c>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC