ERAM: Is it Good Enough or Not?

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) development continues, slowly but surely.

The entire ERAM program was a disaster that the FAA had been in denial about for years.  In 2009 they were proclaiming the program on time and on budget.

When they started trying to use ERAM at Salt Lake Center (ZLC) they found it was unstable and bug ridden.  But they had no way to test it other than on live air traffic.  So they did.

Because timelines were clearly more important to the FAA than safety, in spite of all the problems they went ahead with their plans to deploy ERAM at other facilities (including mine – Minneapolis Center or ZMP).

However, in the …

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