• November

    27

    2023

At FAA command center, round-the-clock work to keep holiday flights on track

The only facility of its kind in the FAA system, located outside Washington in Virginia, is charged with managing traffic across the national airspace

By Lori Aratani at the Washington Post
November 21, 2023

WARRENTON, Va. — It was early on a recent morning, and already there was trouble brewing over Florida. Storms were parked over the state, creating the potential for flight delays as the busy Thanksgiving travel period ramped up.

For workers at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Warrenton, an hour outside Washington, it was familiar territory. Storms in Florida. Fog in San Francisco. A special event in Las Vegas that meant more private air traffic into the city. The scenarios were familiar, but managing tens of thousands of flights each day depends on what is happening across the nation’s skies.

Click here, to read full story.

Story credit: The Washington Post

© Copyright Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society