Wed, May 26, 2004
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
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Aero-News Quote of the Day
"The first is the call sign identity,
such as Aer Lingus EIN 123. The next line is the altitude, and the
third is the speed. The display of information to the controllers
should have identified the aircraft by their call signs but this
did not happen."
Source: Lilian Cassin, spokeswoman for the
Irish Aviation Authority, on the failure of a new Thales ATC
computer system at Dublin Airport. The brand new system spat out
numbers instead of transponder information Sunday, forcing air
traffic controllers to turn it off and go back to the old system.
The same Thales system is installed at Shannon Airport.
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