FAA Says It's A-OK for Y2K

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DENVER: "Happy New Year! It worked!" That's what Jane Garvey, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, proclaimed to reporters after fast-forwarded clocks in FAA radar centers clicked uneventfully from 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 1999, to 12:00 a.m., January 1, 2000. After starting late and catching flak from Congress, the FAA seems to have caught up on its millennium bug-hunting -- on Sunday's run-through of the backup systems, no crashes or error messages occurred, allowing the FAA to declare itself ready to cross into the year 2000 without any turbulence.

The test was not without serious prepping; officials admitted to those in attendance that they had conducted four dry runs on the systems already, and all had gone off smoothly. And Sunday's heavily hyped demo has yet to hold up under scrutiny: The actual data from the test is still being analyzed at the FAA's technical center in Atlantic City, N.J., and officials won't know for sure what really happened until the results of the analysis are announced this week. Suffice it to say that if there's a problem, it's doubtful there'll be a press conference.