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Jeff Hartmann CIC
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Re: FAA's many soft spots [Re: Scott Dunham (RDU)]
      #397628 - 10/08/14 04:57 PM

Coming back from SD yesterday we got a minor reroute, an air carrier on the frequency got a reroute and asked, what's going on in Chicago that we have to go around...? The controller mentioned the damage. I think everyone on the frequency wondered where the pilot had been vacationing for the last couple of weeks.

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Scott Dunham (RDU)
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Re: FAA's many soft spots [Re: Jeff Hartmann CIC]
      #397662 - 10/09/14 02:07 PM

They're coming back up Sunday night - not a bad recovery, really. Then all the after-action discussions will start....

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Mac Tichenor (DAL)
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Re: FAA's many soft spots [Re: Scott Dunham (RDU)]
      #397773 - 10/12/14 11:00 PM

NBAA passed along this ZAU restoration roadmap from the FAA. Lots of jargon I don't understand but it looks very positive. It does give a glimpse into the complexity of taking ZAU offline and getting it back up.

Mac


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Scott Dunham (RDU)
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Re: FAA's many soft spots [Re: Mac Tichenor (DAL)]
      #397796 - 10/13/14 10:34 PM

GDP = ground delay program
AAR = airport acceptance rate (drives the delays set under the GDP)
NADIN = National Aeronautical Data Interchange Network, which routes flight plans and other data. Chicago's incoming data address (KZAUZQZX) will become active again after 0500Z.
ERAM = Chicago's main computer system.
MCW West refers to one of the coded routes in the FAA "playbook" for flow management
The Z identifiers are all the affected centers: ZAU (Chicago), ZKC (Kansas City), ZMP (Minneapolis), ZOB (Cleveland), and ZID (Indianapolis)


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Mac Tichenor (DAL)
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Re: FAA's many soft spots [Re: Scott Dunham (RDU)]
      #397797 - 10/13/14 11:07 PM

Scott -

Thanks for the Rosetta Stone.

I didn't hear much buzz about the transition - I hope it went well.

Mac


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Scott Dunham (RDU)
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Re: FAA's many soft spots [Re: Mac Tichenor (DAL)]
      #397822 - 10/14/14 09:43 PM

Seems to have gone as planned - haven't heard a thing otherwise. A little smoother coming out than going in...

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B. Butler (Oregonian)
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Re: FAA's many soft spots [Re: Scott Dunham (RDU)]
      #397911 - 10/17/14 03:08 PM

Quote:

Seems to have gone as planned - haven't heard a thing otherwise. A little smoother coming out than going in...




Can we assume you will cc: 'd on the after-action report?

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Scott Dunham (RDU)
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Re: FAA's many soft spots [Re: B. Butler (Oregonian)]
      #397927 - 10/18/14 10:16 AM

Yeah, all the facilities are doing one. It actually did go pretty well, or at least that's what my "unofficial and unfiltered" sources are telling me...who tend to be more forthcoming than the "official" channels. The ops room at ZAU is cleaner than it has been since they moved in - with the whole place empty, the disaster recovery contractor they hired did a top-to-bottom wipedown that they could never have pulled off with the place in operation. They had a LOT of smoke damage in the tech spaces and intentionally cut wires even outside the fire area. Tech Ops really rose to the occasion on this one - it's amazing that they got the place rebuilt, tested, and running in two weeks.

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