LA - Spy Plane Fries ATC Computers, Shuts Down LAX

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The reporting on this is pathetic. The U2 itself has no bearing on this. They make it sound like some sort of military technology was downlinked and wreaked havoc. It was a ground based issue with programing and processing. The type of aircraft was irrelevant to this. But hey, when the media can stir up the tin foil hat crowd..........
 
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Someone forgot to tell the software programmers that aircraft can fly above the controlled airspace and might occasionally want flight following.....

We used to amuse ourselves by coding divide by zero overflows when people pushed the wrong combination of buttons.
 

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It doesn't. If you could do it from FL600 then the whole west coast would be down.

The computers had an issue with programming. Someone goofed. After all, I am betting that the FAA is using something from the 90's still for its backbone. Come on folks. Ockham's Razor here.
 
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com501, I love your signature line.

"List of obsolete radios.
List of degrees and certificates to impress people.
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I know so many whom it applies to.
 
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