FAA: LA ARTCC Outage Blamed On Maintenance | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.17.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.17.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Fri, Sep 17, 2004

FAA: LA ARTCC Outage Blamed On Maintenance

The Repairman Was Asleep At The Switch

Tuesday's comm meltdown at the Los Angeles ARTCC facility was caused by the FAA's failure to properly maintain equipment.  So says the FAA itself.

The disruption caused hundreds of flights in and out of Los Angeles, San Diego, other California airports, as well as Las Vegas, to be grounded. 

The problem occurred at the control center that handles high-altitude traffic for the southern California region. 

The FAA says a preliminary investigation found a 30-day maintenance check on the primary radio and voice communications system was never made. 

The system is designed to automatically shut down after a period of time if the maintenance work is not performed. 

There is a backup communications systems, but it failed to work because it wasn't configured properly.  The FAA plans to make adjustments to the radio system to prevent future automatic shut offs in the event maintenance is not completed. The FAA says there were no safety incidents as a result of the shutdown.

In the meantime, the controllers' union, NATCA, said the comm blackout caused at least five near-misses over California and Nevada.

"Three pairs (of planes) were so close that on-board collision avoidance systems were activated," said Mark Sherry, regional vice president of the union and a controller in the San Francisco tower, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. "We had three controllers who couldn't do anything but watch their screens as two dots merged into one, then wait five or six seconds and hope that two came back out."

FMI: www.laartcc.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.20.17: Astro-NIMBY!, Airbus Flying Car, JetSuiteX v KSMO

Also: Daher Delivers, Aviation Progress, Tecnam P2012, D.B. Cooper, MH370 Search, T-45C Accident, Piper We previously reported that studies indicate many complaints about airport n>[...]

Airborne 01.20.17: Astro-NIMBY!, Airbus Flying Car, JetSuiteX v KSMO

Also: Daher Delivers, Aviation Progress, Tecnam P2012, D.B. Cooper, MH370 Search, T-45C Accident, Piper We previously reported that studies indicate many complaints about airport n>[...]

Airborne 01.19.17: $200K Drone Fine, Sandia IVSI TSO, 'Can't Close' KSMO

Also: MH370 Search Suspended, Supporting AUVSI, Sikorsky S-92, Challenger Astronaut, Stressed Pilots, JBA Aviation, Embraer E2 A settlement agreement has been reached between the F>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.21.17)

The Lindbergh Foundation The concept of balance is an integral part of what the Lindbergh Foundation Board looks for in a project requesting a grant. Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbe>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.21.17): Jump Zone

The airspace directly associated with a Drop Zone. Vertical and horizontal limits may be locally defined.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC