Yesterday, the FAA temporarily grounded all planes in the U.S. The ground stop was caused by a problem with the notice to air missions (NOTAM) system following an outage initiated Jan. 10. The ground stop was lifted around 9 a.m. EST yesterday.
NBAA has been urging the FAA to enhance the resiliency of the NOTAM system since 2018 and ensure that there are strengthened backup capabilities in the event of an outage like the one experienced yesterday.
Specifically, NBAA co-chairs the Aeronautical Information System (AIS) Reform Coalition, an industry group that includes airlines, airports and other stakeholders, which continues to advocate for additional system redundancies and other upgrades.
Heidi Williams, NBAA senior director, air traffic services and infrastructure and AIS Coalition co-chair, noted that the U.S. has the world’s best, largest and safest air traffic control system, but the NOTAM outage makes clear that when problems are identified, they must be met with proven solutions, so that America retains its world-leading aviation system well into the future.