The FAA's Year 2000 Problem

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The big Y2K problem: To fly, or not to fly? Everybody knows that air traffic controllers are helpless without their computers up and running; everybody also knows that when January 1, 2000 arrives, computers across the country could start going down like rosebuds in a hailstorm. In congressional hearings early last year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) roundly criticized the Federal Aviation Administration for its lack of progress towards a Y2K solution. To address the problem, the FAA and the OMB worked together to lay out an aggressive timetable.

We investigated the FAA progress, and though itís true that theyíve made many positive gains since last February, donít be fooled. The FAA is far from out of the woods, and the flip side of its shiny Krugeraand of reassurance is a dull and gritty kopek of uncertainty and unanswered questions.

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