FAA NOTAM system outage leads to nationwide flight pause and delays : NPR
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The Federal Aviation Administration is suspending all domestic flight departures until 9 am ET after a reported technology outage overnight.
The FAA’s system for notifying pilots and airports of real-time hazards, called NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions), lasted about 3:28 am ET.
“The FAA is experiencing an outage that is impacting the NOTAMS update. All flights cannot be released at this time,” the FAA said in a notice announcing the issue.
More than 1,200 flights had been delayed in, in or out of the United States as of 7:15 am ET, shortly before the FAA announced the pause.
The FAA had opened a hotline to address equipment issues by 5:58 am ET, as some NOTAM functions began to come back online.
Airports and airlines across the country were warning on Twitter before the ground stop that delays were expected.
Tweet from American Airlines stated that “all flights including all carriers” were affected by the shortage.