Tonight marks the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) of ERAM at my facility, Minneapolis ARTCC (ZMP). It’s the first test of ERAM on live traffic at ZMP, starting at around 11 PM local time.
I wish my air traffic control coworkers the best of luck during the test!
But not to worry, because I’m sure there will be lots of FAA managers earning overtime pay to “supervise” the affair. We had extra managers on duty when Salt Lake City (ZLC) went IOC a while ago.
Most importantly, as the last line of this memorandum from the ZMP ERAM Lead says:
“Cake will be served!”
The FAA is famous for having cakes as a way of self-congratulations for a job well done.
But that would mean they were celebrating before the test is even done, or for that matter, even started. I wonder if that means they’re planning on the test being a success…
Either that or it it’s intended as a bonus for the air traffic controllers who will be acting as FAA software beta testers tonight.