Monday, September 29, 2014

Minneapolis ARTCC Air Controllers Pick Up Slack After Chicago Fire

Bob Collins/MPR News
By MPR News Bob Collins (

It’s a bit of a shame that the Federal Aviation Administration is so media shy because we’re betting there are some stories of aviation heroism in this building in Farmington, Minnesota.

It’s the Federal Aviation Administration’s “Minneapolis Center” radar control facility, from which the Upper Midwest’s airspace is controlled.

Most of my controller acquaintances have refused interviews about what’s going on inside, but they’ve taken over for the Chicago facility where an allegedly suicidal man destroyed the computers.

Somehow, aircraft that may have suddenly been “flying blind,” got on the ground and we’re betting the people in this and other similar buildings in the country are the reason why.

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