|Quoting Mir (Reply 3):|
During the last government shutdown, ATC get hit hard. Planes still flew, but delays were extensive, particularly into congested areas as the facilities didn't have the staffing they needed. This got rectified very quickly, as Congress didn't want to have to deal with those delays on their flights home for vacation.
Thus, I would doubt that there will be any issues this time around.
|Quoting hoMsar (Reply 4):|
Are you thinking of the sequester from earlier this year? That's an entirely different thing from a government shutdown.
|Quoting Mir (Reply 5):|
|Quoting wagz (Reply 8):|
We'll be here but supposedly not getting paid. I'm thrilled at that prospect.
|Quoting krsw757 (Reply 11):|
From what I've been hearing the only ATC people that could be affected would be trainees not certified on anything.
|Quoting STT757 (Reply 9):|
but are not payed
|Quoting atct (Reply 16):|
I was told this morning that us ATC'ers are under exempted status, aka we go to work and get paid.
|Quoting rickabone (Reply 22):|
Also, though some of the Tech Ops staff (those who maintain and fix the system) are considered essential, they are only essential for fixing things when in breaks, not for continuing maintenance or upkeep so projects will get delayed and that adds to cost.
|Quoting LONGisland89 (Reply 12):|
Have any of you ATC guys heard about when the academy will come back online? A few weeks ago I heard something about RTF ramping back up in October and tower in November. Now I'm hearing no new classes till January.
|Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 2):|
|Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 2):|
I would honestly be okay with just having all airports everywhere be an uncontrolled airport and just fly all the way up into the flight levels of class A airspace using TCAS and visual reference to avoid other airplanes. It'd be a lot of fun for a few days! No separation rules, fly a mile behind another plane on landing, no waiting for another plane to clear the runway, just make sure they're really far up there, etc. Takeoff 10 seconds after someone else as long as it's not larger than your own plane, and so on. I bet it'd be almost just as safe anyway. Let's do it!
|Quoting STT757 (Reply 21):|
Why should there be, no air traffic controlers were furloghed.
|Quoting tommytoyz (Reply 28):|
Not directly ATC related, but Jetblue is not able to take delivery of their first A321. I wonder if no US airlines can take delivery of any new planes while the US government is shut down, how many new planes will pile up undelivered?
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