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JAX Outage

Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:47 pm

Media reports are that the en route center in Jacksonviille, FL lost both radio and phone communications this
(Friday) afternoon, resulting in ground stops. FAA blames "a computer glitch". Can anyone elaborate??
I read the news today..oh boy
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RE: JAX Outage

Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:57 pm

Clips from an email from Doug Church of the NATCA


Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center air traffic controllers have lost all of their radio frequencies . . . and also their landline phone communications to communicate with other air traffic control facilities.

. . . The FAA has ordered a ground stop for Jacksonville Center . . .

-Doug Church
NATCA Director of Communications

Right now isn't a good time to be airborne (or planning to be) over the southern US.

[Edited 2007-11-09 13:00:09]
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RE: JAX Outage

Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:57 pm

Oh man, the ATC system in America is really not looking good right now.
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RE: JAX Outage

Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:24 pm

Looks like she's back online, as of 3 hours ago . . .

Pieces from another Doug Church e-mail, with all the typical FAA-bashing comments cut out:

Jacksonville Center (ZJX) is back up and running normal operations following a 50-minute communications and radar outage earlier this afternoon . . .

The outage, which NATCA believes was caused by human error at the local Jacksonville-area office of a major telecommunications company that provides the infrastructure to the FAA, began at approximately 12:40 p.m. EST and ended at approximately 1:30 p.m. EST.

Jacksonville Center’s NATCA Facility Representative, Dave Cook , told me that the facility lost nine of its 16 radar sites and half of its radio frequencies . . . Cook said it does not appear that any incidents of losses of minimum separation occurred. However, he added, there were numerous incidents of what are called “deviations,” which means controllers in neighboring facilities to ZJX received no advance notification of aircraft that suddenly showed up in their airspace.
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