FAA's Ray Long on Y2K: "We've got the hardest part to go."

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FAA: "We're not over-confident"

-- Norm (norm@nwo.com), April 06, 1999


I find it a lot easier to believe someone who says 'we are not overconfident and here is why'- and trust them to do a serious job given their possibilities at this date- than someone who keeps insisting "we'll be ready' with no further elucidation. Thanks for passing this on!

-- Maria (encelia@excite.com), April 06, 1999.

Comments about the FAA from March:



What did an official in the FAA's inspector general's office -- aka an internal auditor -- think?

Alexis Stefani was much less optimistic. Only 31 percent of the agency's computers were completely fixed, she told the committee.

"FAA now faces an additional kind of problem. They're shooting for the end of June to have all of their systems done, but it becomes an implementation [problem]," Stefani said, noting that some systems are scattered around dozens or even hundreds of locations. Technicans have to travel to each of them.


-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), April 06, 1999.

Looks like Norm finally got that pen out of his nose.

-- a (a@a.a), April 06, 1999.

USA Today (cover story, Wed April 7) reported that the latest FAA computer internal (not on-line) testing todate indicates the "repaired" program is too slow (35-50% slower) to process aircraft in real time - that is, fast enough to keep ahead of the aircraft's new position as it flies - not Y2K-related directly, but indicates that the underlaying problems are not fixed yet - a "repaired program" (to fix Y2K problems, update the op system, or replace the computer/radar interface itself) is not neccesarily going to work.

-- Robert A Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (Cook.R@csaatl.com), April 08, 1999.

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