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FAA to Reopen Chicago Air Traffic Facility Monday

By Juliet Van Wagenen | October 9, 2014
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Chicago O’Hare Airport. Photo: O’Hare Airport.

[Avionics Today 10-09-2014] The FAA reports that flights at Chicago airports appear to be back on track after a fire set by an FAA contractor at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, Ill., caused many flights to be grounded or rerouted for several days.

The center, which helps route flights to the O’Hare and Midway airports, is set to reopen Monday morning with technical teams continuing to test all of the equipment and systems at the facility over the next few days — including the systems that manage telecommunications, flight plan information and weather data.

FAA flight inspection pilots will be flying through the center’s airspace today so controllers can test the aircraft tracking and communications systems with an actual aircraft before reopening the center early next week.

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