European Air Traffic Flying Smoothly

BRUSSELS (12/31/99) - By 12/31/99 , 11:30 p.m. local time - European air traffic is not experiencing as much as a hiccup, say air transport experts at Euroclear, the organization that is the European equivalent of the Federal Aviation Administration.

At 11:00 pm, engineers on standby at Eurocontrol were already enjoying a salad bar that includes salmon, scampis and tomato-crevette. Red and white whine was being served. Personnel weres awaiting the first reports from the time zone that includes Finland, Greece and Turkey, but George Paulson, a director at Eurocontrol responsible for safety management in airospace and airports, seems almost uninterested. "I would have been worried, except that since noon [local time] all reports [from other time zones that already experienced the date rollover] have been positive," said Paulson.

"The big test for us was the more sophisticated Russian [air control] centers, and especially Moscow," said Paulson. "And 45 minutes ago they reported that there was no degradation of the air-traffic control system."

Paulson said the Moscow system was a crucial test because it is more sophisticated than air-traffic control systems that passed midnight earlier today. "It's very highly automated," said Paulson.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

More about Federal Aviation Administration

Show Comments