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After airline flight chaos, lawmakers look to fix FAA's flawed NOTAMS computer system
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After a computer outage in a critical Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) computer system led to the first nationwide groundstop since the September 11th terror attacks and wreaked havoc on flight schedules around the country earlier this month, the House is poised to take up a bipartisan bill to reform the system.
The FAA's Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system crashed on Wednesday, January 11th, and disrupted 11,000 flights with cancelations and delays around the U.S. due to the outage, which was reportedly caused by a mistake that transpired during routine system maintenance. The NOTAM system is a vital tool that alerts pilots and other personnel about abnormal airborne issues and airport delays that arise and may affect flight plans or pose a safety hazard, although the FAA described the system as "failing vintage hardware" in its latest budget request.
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to get a chance to vote this week on a bipartisan bill that would seek to fix the NOTAM system. Introduced by Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) and cosponsored by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), the NOTAM Improvement Act would establish a bipartisan task force to review methods for presenting NOTAMs to pilots in addition to relevant regulations and policies. After the task force completes its review, it would provide recommendations on best practices that optimize pilots' ability to review and retain relevant information.
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