Information from my lovely other half:
LACC last night went into 'manual mode' whilst updates were made to the computer database and other minor changes were made. It also coincided with a few changes to French airspace which were all made at the same time.
At night, with reduced traffic, multiple sectors are 'bandboxed' together.
When in manual mode, Controllers relocate from their normal work stations to another part of the ops room.
This morning, during re-start, more than half of the sector displays refused to re-boot.
The result is that Swanwick is still in manual mode (SWIMM-ing.....Swanwick In Manual Mode) and is operating at less than 30% capacity as they are unable to split the sectors for the normal day manning.
As we are now well into daytime hours, there is a possibility that LACC may well be SWIMMing for the rest of the day, as to restart everything would necessitate a reduction of traffic levels on top of what already is happening.
Delays are likely to extend well into the afternoon and evening.
The knock-on effects are that European flights to/from the UK will be severely disrupted or cancelled. Oceanic flights are likely to be re-routed either around UK airspace or at lower levels through Manchester or Scottish Centres. Long haul inbound flights to the London TMA are subject to enroute holding as delays build; expect the possibility of diversions to other airfields, particularly to Dublin, Manchester, Scottish airfields and other airfields in nearby continental Europe.
Below is a copy of the Eurocontrol signal on the matter:
Valid from 17 May 2002 to 17 May 2002 (released 17 May 2002 at 07:14:04)
TACT/CASA INFORMATION MESSAGE
REF. : LONDON ACC SITUATION
THE PROBLEM AT THE LONDON ACC IS DUE TO AN ELECTRONIC FAILURE THAT
HAS MEANT THAT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO SPLIT ATC SECTORS FROM THE
NIGHT CONFIGURATION TO THE DAY CONFIGURATION. THE CENTRE IS
THEREFORE CURRENTLY OPERATING IN A NIGHT SECTOR MANNING
CONFIGURATION. THIS MEANS THAT THE CENTRE ONLY HAS APPROXIMATELY
30PERCENT OF NORMAL DAY TIME CAPACITY AVAILABLE.
THE SITUATION IS STABLE AND WE ARE OPERATING IN A FULLY SLOTTED
ENVIRONMENT MANAGED BY THE FMD. AS SOON AS THE ELECTRONIC FAULT IS
RECITIFIED WE WILL BE IN A POSITION TO RETURN TO NORMAL DAY
WE HAVE FULL DAY STAFF AVAILABLE.
FMD BRUSSELS ON BEHALF OF TRAFFIC MANAGER LONDON ACC
Nice day to be off work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I drive a 4x4. So what?! Tax the a$$ off me for it...oh, you already have... :-(