On Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that America’s airspace was shut down for several hours across the US.
The FAA is the largest transportation agency of the U.S. government that oversees many aspects of America’s aviation, including air traffic management.
The issue affected the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which provides pilots with real-time information about closed runways, equipment outages, and other potential hazards.
More than 7,000 flights were delayed after the outage.
“The FAA is still working to fully restore the Notice to Air Missions system following an outage. The FAA has ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. Eastern Time to allow the agency to validate the integrity of flight and safety information,” FAA announced.
“We are working diligently to further pinpoint the causes of this issue and take all needed steps to prevent this kind of disruption from happening again,” the post continued.
On the same day, Canada’s NOTAM system was also hit with an “outage.”
“NAV CANADA’S Canadian NOTAM entry system is currently experiencing an outage affecting newly issued NOTAMs, and we are working to restore function. We are not currently experiencing any delays related to this outage. We are assessing impacts to our operations and will provide updates as soon as they are available,” NAV Canada announced.
“NAV CANADA continues to investigate the cause of the outage; at this time, we do not believe it to be related to the FAA outage experienced earlier today.”
This is very alarming.