Flights Resume Across U.S. After F.A.A. System Failure
Updated Wednesday USA 11:54 am – The Federal Aviation Administration lifted an order to ground all flights across the United States shortly before 9 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday after a system failure left pilots, airlines and airports without crucial safety information for hours. The agency said that “normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the U.S.” The F.A.A. is investigating the cause.
Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the United States following an overnight outage to the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system that provides safety information to flight crews.
The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now.— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) January 11, 2023
Operations across the National Airspace System are affected.
We will provide frequent updates as we make progress.
From The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA)
Flight Attendants – Check with your local and MEC communications on the latest for your airline’s operations. Make sure you have your contract for rescheduling provisions and more.
Here’s what to know:
More than 6,500 flights within, into or out of the United States had been delayed on Wednesday, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking service. The delays were spread across the country and affected multiple carriers.
Passengers across the country said their plans had been scuttled, with airport employees sometimes knowing little more than passengers.
President Biden said that he had spoken with Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary, and that he had asked him to report back when a cause for the failure had been identified. There was no evidence of a cyberattack, the administration said.
The disruption was caused by an outage to a system the F.A.A. uses to send real-time safety alerts to pilots, called Notice to Air Mission alerts, which are crucial to planning flights and used to share information about hazards in the air or on the ground.
Check NY Times: www.nytimes.com/live/2023/01/11/business/faa-flights-grounded
Update 4: The FAA is making progress in restoring its Notice to Air Missions system following an overnight outage. Departures are resuming at @EWRairport and @ATLairport due to air traffic congestion in those areas. We expect departures to resume at other airports at 9 a.m. ET.— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) January 11, 2023