July 16, 1989 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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.
October 2, 1987
The House approved legislation to authorize about $28.5 billion to improve the nation's airports and air traffic control system, a measure made popular by a summer of airline passenger complaints about service and concerns for safety. The bill, approved 396 to 0 and sent to the Senate, authorizes spending $8.6 billion for airport improvements and construction, $9.3 billion to modernize the air traffic control system, $9.
September 11, 1987
Airline delays dropped sharply in August at the country's 22 leading airports, the Federal Aviation Administration said, with one-third fewer delays reported over July's figures. The agency tabulates a delay when an aircraft is held up for at least 15 minutes because of weather or air traffic control reasons. Delays caused by mechanical or other problems involving an airline are not counted.