Raleigh, NC (WTVD) — The airline industry is back to business after a chaotic Wednesday morning at airports across the country.
A morning ground stop for domestic flights was implemented after the FAA’s notification system to air missions went down.
“This system provides information to pilots,” explains John Cassarda, UNC Kenan Flagler professor and airport consultant.
“It could be weather conditions, it could be blocking migratory birds, it could be runway closures. It’s a range of safety issues that pilots need to be aware of,” Casarda said.
Casarda said the recent travel meltdown was just the latest in a string of problems plaguing the airline industry.
“It exacerbates other problems we’ve seen recently,” Casarda said. Some of that was seen especially with Southwest Airlines’ weather problems as airline systems were overwhelmed a week or so ago, but other airlines were affected as well.
“The problem of labor shortages in the aviation industry is exacerbated as travel expands very quickly, so this all comes together,” he added. “Since March of last year, the FAA has also had the problem of not having an administrator. No one is actually leading the organization.”
Aside from the inconvenience and delays, Kasarda points out that the outage will have a bigger impact.
“It has a huge economic impact that we are unaware of. Therefore, aviation is essential to business today. It is vital to the economic development of the region. It’s essential to the factor and it’s just inconvenient to be delayed or cancelled,” Casarda said.
White House Said There is no first evidence of a cyberattack behind the outage. But President Joe Biden has ordered the DOT to fully investigate what went wrong.
Meanwhile, Kasarda and other cybersecurity consultants say the latest airline issues only highlight the need for more.
“Any airline with FAA or outdated IT systems will have to find ways to build redundancy into those systems, so if the one component that is backed up fails,” he said. He said. He said.
Craig Petronella of Petronella Technology said: “We need more focus, more budgets, more drills and more regulatory compliance testing. And the new framework from NIST or his SCATA dedicated for government systems to help these organizations catch up. It may be a new framework for
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