Contractor Inability Causes Significant Loss of Communications for New York's Major Air Traffic Control Facility
- 18 Jul
NEW YORK - New York air travelers experienced delays last week due to contractor carelessness and inability, says the Professional Airways Systems Specialists (PASS), AFL-CIO, the union representing FAA systems specialists. On November 2, contractors working for Harris Corporation, the company now providing Federal Communications Infrastructure (FTI) circuitry and communications for the FAA, were performing corrective maintenance on equipment at New York’s Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). Other systems were impacted due to the maintenance work, resulting in a loss of circuits that provide remote and interfacility communications and leading to significant unscheduled outages lasting nearly an hour.