FAA Believes It Met June 30 Y2K Deadline

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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. Lets wait for independent verification(or at least until Dec 31 whichever come first).

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it had completed all Year 2000 work on its computers but would wait for independent verification before popping the champagne.

``Preliminary indications are that all systems are complete,'' said Paul Takemoto, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

FAA, which oversees U.S. navigable airspace, said it met its own June 30 deadline after missing a federal government target of March 31 for all departments to have systems repaired, tested and back in service.

The work must be reviewed by FAA's outside contractor, Science Applications International Corp., and the Department of Transportation's Inspector General.

If success is confirmed, the FAA will have defied doomsday predictions made just last year that the agency would fail to be ready and flights would be disrupted by the Year 2000 computer problem.

Often referred to as the Y2K problem, the computer bug arises because many older computers and their software allocated only two digits for the year in dates. If not corrected or replaced, these systems have the potential to mistake the year 2000 for 1900, causing systems to spew out bad data or stop working come the end of 1999.

A comprehensive test of air traffic computer repairs in Colorado in April was declared a success.

-- y2k dave` (xsdaa111@hotmail.com), July 01, 1999


A comprehensive test of air traffic computer repairs in Colorado in April was declared a success. Half right. It was declared a success, but it was hardly comprehensive. Is it being used at the Denver airport today? Nope. Hmmmm....

-- Dog Gone (layinglow@rollover.now), July 01, 1999.

Thanks. This is my smile for the day.

-- Mike Lang (webflier@erols.com), July 01, 1999.

Yeah, and Hartsfield Airport is 100% compiant...NOT!

-- Dian (bdp@accessunited.com), July 02, 1999.

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