August 26, 2008
The FAA’s computer system in Atlanta that processes IFR flight plans went down about 2 p.m. on Aug. 26.
The FAA was successful in getting the system back online, but it caused system-wide gridlock, which grounded airline and general aviation flights or caused delays. It could take hours for service to return to normal.
This outage does not impact VFR flight plans.
The FAA has experienced several of these outages this year.
In the meantime, the FAA recommends that pilots file their IFR flight plans with DUAT and flight service.
Then, when you are ready to depart, call for your clearance. The FAA has told AOPA that ATC has been instructed to file the IFR flight plans via the appropriate air-to-ground frequency or clearance delivery line.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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