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ATC zero events in resurgence

November 25, 2020

Outbreaks of COVID-19 in some regions impacted a growing number of air traffic control facilities on November 25, heading into the holiday weekend.

As operational impacts spread, AOPA advised members to be aware of the potential for “ATC zero” events, situations where an air traffic control facility goes offline, and check the FAA website for the most current available information.

To see an up-to-date list of the affected facilities pilots can navigate to the FAA’s AirTraffic Control System Command Center webpage.

From there, at the bottom of the page, click on “Advisories Database Selection Form.” Without changing the preselected options, click “Show Selected Advisories,” and on the next screen click the number that corresponds to the most recent Operations Plan. Scroll down to the list of “Covid Impacted Facilities.”

AOPA also recommends that pilots review the Air Safety Institute’s Safety Notice about ATC zero events for a detailed discussion of what pilots should know about how the FAA is dealing with staffing and air traffic control issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

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