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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.
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.
February 21, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Assn. of European Airlines said today it will study the costs and savings of a single air traffic control system for Western Europe. The 21-airline group said such a consolidation might help reduce delays and it called upon the European Economic Community for help. "There is no other chance for leadership. Someone has to take the lead," AEA Secretary General Karl-Heinz Neumeister said.
November 24, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Hughes Aircraft of Canada, a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Co. of Fullerton, has been awarded a $315-million contract to modernize Canada's air traffic control system, Canadian government officials said. Benoit Bouchard, Canada's transport minister, said Thursday that the Canadian automated air traffic system (CAATS) is the heart of a more than $4-billion plan begun in 1984 to upgrade the country's air traffic system. The entire CAATS project is valued at $550 million.
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