Y2K Special: Denver FAA to test Y2K at traffic control facility
WAP99040893 - 08 APRIL 1999 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: *** Y2K Special*** Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) air traffic controllers monitor the airspace in and around Washington, D.C., April 8, at an FAA facility at Washington National Airport. A similar TRACON facility in Denver will have its clocks set forward to simulate the Year 2000, April 10, to test the facility's Y2K-upgraded technology. The radar screen shown is about 20-years-old but the FAA says the hardware itself does not need to be upgraded, only the systems that runs, to ensure smooth operation when computers not familiar with the new millenium could shut down. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defined 65 mission critical systems nationwide that need Y2K-related repairs, of which 88 percent have been completed to date. Still, officials said they have full confidence the nation's air traffic will not be at risk January 1, 2000. iw/Ian Wagreich *** 7 of 13 Series *** UPI
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