One Is None, But Two Is One

Last night, construction work on the roof at the very important FAA center in Leesburg, VA, caused a building evacuation that completely shut down all the air traffic in, out of, and over Dulles, Reagan National, and BWI airports.

(Mine was one of the flights affected. We were even boarded and about to leave the gate. We got dumped back into the terminal where, two hours later, United cancelled the flight.)

If you ask where were the back-up systems that should have come online, oh, within 90 seconds or so, I did too.

Turns out, there are apparently NO back-up systems. We have, then, a fragile critical system with immense commercial and national security implications, and no redundancy. And the whole world know it! This is a problem, and it needs to be addressed. Feel free to contact your Congress-thing, and make sure you call them out on the weasel-ish non-answers they give. When the FedGov takes it upon itself to police the airways, it needs to do that right.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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2 Responses to One Is None, But Two Is One

  1. DaveO says:

    Civilizational infrastructure is only important every 4 years, and only to alert the construction unions of a payoff should they force their members to cough up cash and votes. It has nothing to do with our civilization’s quality of life. Now, if it were entirely privatized…

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  2. burkemblog says:

    here’s a fairly succinct summary of efforts over the years to improve FAA: https://www.enotrans.org/article/history-air-traffic-control-provision-united-states/
    Sorry you got delayed–welcome to the club.

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