The FAA isn't the real story when it comes to air travel!greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
If you think that the FAA is all we have to worry about when it comes to air travel, then you need to see the comments made by the head of the Seattle Airport Authority. In the Millennium Factor documentary, she tells the Senate committee in no uncertain terms how bleak it looks on the airport side.
According to her own testimony, she says that Seattle started fixing their Y2K problems in 1996 and that they WILL not finish on time! She then goes on to say that most other major airports are way behind them.
And you should see the look on Jane Garvey's face while this testimony is being given. She looks like she wants to crawl under a rock and die!!
Ok, so SABRE can take reservations. Great...but if your damn luggage is lost, or if the parking decks won't open, or....
The Millennium Factor web site also has a link in their headlines section to a great story by Time Magazine about the FAA and Y2K.
After seeing this senate testimony footage that is shown in the documentary, "HOW COME WE DIDN'T SEE THIS ON THE NEWS!?"
Buy it and prepare to have your world view changed...
-- Paul Roget (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 10, 1999
My neighbor, who works for Nor@#west Airlines said that their big concern is for all the "scheduled-maintenance" chips in the planes. These signal needed maintenance for this part or that component by comparing todays date, to today + 1. They don't want anything to suddenly shut down because it thinks it hasn't been serviced for 99 years. I think these people who say they will be in the air at the stroke of midnight, just to prove their reliance on "the system" are idiots. I'll be at home with my family, probably ducking falling airplane parts.
-- Rick H (email@example.com), February 10, 1999.
Rick, 'Signaling' a problem is not the same as 'shutting down'. Is it likely that an aircraft system would *shut down* because it hadn't been maintained for an admittedly long time ? While the aircraft is in the air ? Surely some things must miss their maintenance schedules through human error even in the normal course of operations, yet we don't see too many aircraft falling out of the sky ! I can believe that it might cause an aircraft to be *grounded* until the engineers reset the system, but not to crash.Perhaps you could ask your neighbor to clarify this point.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 11, 1999.
Oh yea? Well... my uncle's barber told him that his friend ( a sign painter who once painted a Uni$%d Airlines sign) said they're 56.34% complete on PDP-11 remediation. And he ought to know...
-- bubba (email@example.com), February 11, 1999.
(Note: I, No Spam Please, did not post the preceding message from "(firstname.lastname@example.org)" even though we share the same fictitious e-mail address. Not complaining, just clarifying.)
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I agree with preceding poster "(email@example.com)" that your neighbor probably meant "shut down" as something like "signal that it needed maintenance, and thus should be taken out of service and replaced by a freshly-serviced component as soon as practical (generally not in mid-flight) according to the type of component and priority of maintenance needed".
As I have posted on a number of past occasions, I think the most likely Y2k problems in operation of airplanes will be shortages of fuel and parts, and various types of foulups in the many complicated scheduling systems that have been developed over the past decades, that prevent planes from even taking off.
-- No Spam Please (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 11, 1999.
Don't forget that all aviation runs on GMT time rather than on local time zones. The aviation feces should be hitting the rotating oscillator at roughly 8 p.m EST December 31, 1999.
-- aviation employee (email@example.com), February 14, 1999.