Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all departing flights across the U.S., leading to thousands of delayed flights and major headaches for travelers. In short, this outage was caused by a widespread system failure of the air traffic control system. Without it, pilots are essentially flying dark with no news of ground conditions, weather updates, etc. In the days and weeks following, this incident has raised many questions about the aging software and systems that we heavily rely upon. We speak with two aviation experts about this recent fiasco and what it means for all technology-reliant industries.
- Laurie Garrow, professor, co-director of the Center for Urban and Regional Air Mobility at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Michael McCormick, assistant professor, air traffic management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.