AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2015 - 78

FROM BRIAN
HOWARD'S
FACEBOOK
PAGE:

"Take a hard look
at the mirror, I
have. And this is
why I am about to
take out... and my
life... I am sorry.
Leaving you with a
big mess. Do your
best to move on
quickly from me
please. Feel like
I give a @$*& for
the first time in a
long time again...
but not for too
long (haha!) So
I'm gonna smoke
this blunt and
move on, take care
everyone."

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quicker to replace the damaged
network with entirely new equipment than try to repair it-work
continued around the clock for
two weeks. Surprisingly, given the
complexity of the project, the new
network was in place on October
13, 2014, just 17 days after the fire.
"When we powered up the
new system at midnight on the
thirteenth, it worked flawlessly,"
said Hauck of Chicago. "In 45 minutes, we assumed control of all of
our airspace."
O'Hare and Midway airports
came online first, and the restart
would have been a success if it
had stopped there. But the system performed so well that they
kept expanding it. At the end of
the day, Chicago Center had handled 6,847 aircraft.
"That's about right for a normal 24-hour period," Hauck said.
"But the situation we were dealing
with wasn't normal at all."

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER

Hauck and Merrick said they
and their fellow controllers were
so focused on solving problems
during the shutdown that there
was almost no discussion of
Howard, the man accused of setting the fire, or his motivation.
News reports said he was upset
about an impending job transfer
to Honolulu.
"No one really asked about the
guy that did this or what his reasons might have been," Merrick
said. "We're professionals who
came together to fix a very big
mess, and we all take great pride in
what we were able to accomplish."
Hauck pointed out the irony
that a destructive act meant to
cause lasting damage had, in fact,
done the opposite. New equipment was installed, the Chicago
control room got a thorough and
overdue cleaning, and controllers who only knew each other as

disembodied radio voices worked
shoulder to shoulder.
"The positive results that came
out of this will endure," Merrick
said. "We've got a new appreciation for our fellow controllers
in other facilities, and the sense
of camaraderie is unbelievable.
Managers, controllers, and technical operations specialists have
never worked together better.
"It started with a horrible,
destructive act," he said. "But the
legacy that comes from this is
nothing short of inspiring."
Hall, of the Chicago Tracon,
compared the controllers' reaction
to the citizens of Boston following
the 2013 marathon bombing. "The
Boston bombing brought people
together, and that's what this event
did for us," he said. "Everyone
stepped up. We did whatever
needed to be done."
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