A Fire In Air Traffic Control Is Totally Screwing All Chicago Flights

This is not how the airspace around Chicago normally looks. A fire at a TRACON facility in Elgin, Illinois put a stop to all flights in and out of Chicago's major airports, O'Hare and Midway. Flights are currently experiencing major delays and diversions to other cities. » 5/13/14 2:10pm 5/13/14 2:10pm

A Brief History of Airspace Design

Think Los Angeles at rush hour is bad? Try doing it half-blindfolded with nothing but a radio and a few blinking lights to show you the way. That's how pilots navigate the invisible highways in the sky, and there's a beautiful design that makes it all work. It only took about a hundred years to come up with it. » 11/26/13 10:14am 11/26/13 10:14am

The 80s Air Traffic Controller Strike Makes The Sequester Look Lame

Last week, air traffic controllers across the country were furloughed as a result of budget cuts by the federal government known as the sequester. Delays mounted quickly, but service was speedily restored when Congress realized they were inconvenienced slightly. What would happen, though, if this went on longer? » 5/04/13 12:00pm 5/04/13 12:00pm