Some comments on the FAA hearing from Cspan : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Just watched the Cspan coverage on the FAA. Very interesting.

Joel Willemssen wouldn't fly untill contingency plans are much clearer but had high praise for the FAA. I trust him more than any other information source invoved with Y2K.

Alot of consern about the 53 countries that didn't respond to the FAA request for compliance check. The countries will be posted (web?) very quickly. Some of the countries are tourist destinations.

Big airports and carriers are aware (93% of travelers go though them) and communicating but the small entities are largely unknown.

Some of the members of the committee choose to ask questions that were answered in the prepared testimony of the presenters. And these folk are supposed to listen to voters?? (just had to add that)

The biggest question mark in my mind was not the FAA or aviation it was the fact that the problems are going to be happening relative to GMT and not local time as per Jane Garvey (FAA) Now if this is the case in general how much use is the current strategy of watching the rollover in differant countries?

I must say I am very impressed with Steve Horn. The US is lucky to have a person that knows when bullshit talks in regards to Y2K and can do something about it. He and Joel are lockstep on public disclosure as the means of dealing with Y2K. Of course his report card in the past has been one of the few ways of getting an overview of the US Gov. situation. What ever he is doing, he should be doing more of it.

It is getting late but it was interesting to see that Cspan broadcast Bennett and Dodd then the FAA hearing right afterwards. It seemed clear that although the political types don't want to panic the public they do want to get the information out in a timely and acurate manner. It looks like the end of September is going to be an interesting time for Y2K watchers.

I wish that information like this was available in Canada at this time.

-- Brian (, September 10, 1999


great post and great show! thanks! eddy

-- eddy (, September 10, 1999.

I wish the local paper would publish CSPAN program listings...

-- Dog Gone (, September 10, 1999.


I saw it also late last nite. There was amazing amount of disconnect from (I think her name was) Jane Garvey. She said the FAA met the June deadline to be compliant, then said they had a whole bunch of systems left to install. I particularly liked her comments that systems which weren't deployed *nationwide* weren't included in their list of systems that needed to be repaired/reported on. I guess the FAA has a 'different' definition of compliant than the rest of the world.

I also liked the guy from the GAO reminding everyone that the compliance status of some 4600 of the nations 5300+ airports are 'unknown'. They might not handle the majority of travellers, but they sure as heck handle alot of commercial shipping traffic. And Jane seemed to think this wasn't a problem....amazing.


-- TECH32 (TECH32@NOMAIL.COM), September 10, 1999.

Thanks for the update guys. Noticed that Joel's report (not up yet at the GAO) will be titled...

Year 2000 Computing Challenge: FAA Continues to Make Important Strides, but Vulnerabilities Remain, by Joel C. Willemssen, Director of Civil Agencies Information Systems Issues, before subcommittees of the House Committee on Science and the House Committee on Government Reform.
GAO/T-AIMD-99-285, Sept. 9.

Time to toddle over to see if Federal Computer Week has a snippet on the testimony. They usually do.


-- Diane J. Squire (, September 10, 1999.

Ancillary: Conference examines, airports-Y2K
Friday, 10 September 1999 15:07 (GMT)

(UPI Spotlight)
Conference examines, airports-Y2K

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 10 (UPI) - A four-day conference examining the challenges facing the world's airports in the new millennium is scheduled to open in Switzerland Sunday. One of the topics to be discussed at the world assembly of Airports Council International (ACI) will be problems relating to the Y2K bug and ways to solve them.

Copyright 1999 by United Press International link

-- lisa (, September 10, 1999.

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