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August 2, 1985 | Associated Press
Airline traffic at O'Hare International Airport was delayed up to 90 minutes Thursday after a cable that relays radar information to controllers was cut during construction at a major air traffic control center.
December 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. air traffic control delays dropped sharply in November from the previous month, but aviation gridlock remained worse than a year ago, according to official figures. The Federal Aviation Administration said last month's delays fell 22% from October but were 47% worse than a year earlier. The FAA regards a delay as any air traffic control operation that is 15 minutes or more late.
September 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Communications equipment failed at a regional air-traffic control center, shutting down all airline traffic within 250 miles of Memphis and causing a ripple effect across the country that grounded dozens of passenger and cargo flights. The problem started when a major telephone line to the Memphis center went out. The Federal Aviation Administration said air-traffic control operations were back to normal about three hours later.
July 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
A strike by French air traffic control technicians disrupted flight schedules Saturday throughout much of Western Europe, causing delays of up to 10 hours on some flights, officials said. The strike by technicians, who maintain radar and other electronic equipment used for takeoffs and landings, was scheduled to last until Monday, officials said.
April 19, 1990 | Associated Press
After being plagued for years by a shortage of controllers, Chicago's air traffic control center has enough people, but members of the controllers union said Wednesday there's another problem: not enough chairs. During one shift last week at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in suburban Aurora, one controller sat on a wooden box because no more chairs were available, a union spokesman said.
December 22, 1985
Your recent editorial "Air Traffic Program Welcome" (Dec. 15) was misinformed although well intentioned. The Federal Aviation Administration program to expand airport radar service areas will do nothing to enhance safety and may actually increase the hazard of midair collisions. May I point out that two of the most devastating collisions occurred when both aircraft were in contact with air traffic control. I am referring to the collision of a B-727 airliner with a small aircraft over San Diego a few years ago. Both aircraft were on instrument flight plans and under radar control from air traffic control.
January 17, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Lockheed Martin Corp.-led team delivered a new air traffic control computer system more than 10 months ahead of schedule and $3 million under budget, U.S. officials said. The new system, unveiled at the Chicago regional air traffic control center, is expected to reduce outages by 98%, an FAA spokesman said. It will replace a 1970-vintage IBM Corp. data-processing computer. The Chicago center has been hit particularly hard by system failures.
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