ERAM: Definitely Close Enough For Government Work

It’s official: both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the air traffic controllers’ union (NATCA) have decided that ERAM (En Route Automation Modernization) is close enough for government work.

My facility, Minneapolis Center (ZMP) will start running the latest version of ERAM this week, planning to run it continuously.  Denver Center (ZDV) started running it full time over a week ago.

We recently ran the same version of the software for a week towards the end of May.  Apparently the primary reason ZMP didn’t start running ERAM full time then was because we don’t have enough personnel trained (mostly support staff) with ERAM.

Does that mean that the latest version has all the major bugs fixed?  Not by a long …

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