|Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 96):|
Did he cut the only feeds coming out of the radar system ? I would have to think a modern computer system would not find the job of collecting radar info and presenting it in the correct manner a hard task, with the right network you could then run that airspace from anywhere, or am I missing something ?
Problem 1: if you take the crazy guy out of the equation, it's still a bad policy to keep your back up server sitting right beside the primary. They really should have them off site (just the servers, maybe at another ATC facility nearby like C90), but at the very least in a separated room. The FAA requires the air carriers to have a much higher lever of redundancy, I don't think keeping the servers separate and hardlined would be unrealistic.
Second, running a sector at another facility is more a person problem then a hardware problem. Controllers train for months to learn one sector. I read an article a few months ago about a C90 (I think, of KZAU) controller who said they're only allowed to be qualified on a limited number of sectors (like 3 or 4). You can't just take a KZID controller and assign him KZAU airspace he's unfamiliar with on a days notice. Hence, the previous comment about asking the controlled to go to other centers to work.
We've had good weather this weekend, imagine a severe weather event on top of this snarling the open airspace. Fingers crossed the weather luck holds.... at least through when i work tomorrow.