The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Air Traffic Controller: Windows Crashes Turn Flight Plan Delivery Into Manual Affair

TMO Letters - Air Traffic Controller: Windows Crashes Turn Flight Plan Delivery Into Manual Affair

by , 4:15 PM EDT, April 24th, 2003

In a column today, I took JetBlue to task for "standardizing" on Windows and Microsoft software. A good many Observers then took me to task, largely telling me to get over myself. Having been doing this as long as I have, such criticism is not in the least unexpected, but when I got a letter from someone claiming to be an Air Traffic Controller, it was obvious that I should pass it on. According to this person, a crashed server has been turning flight plan delivery into a manual affair. From the e-mail, whose author requested anonymity:

Just read your article about JetBlue and found it very timely!! I am an Air Traffic Controller at one of JetBlue's "hub" airports. Only a week or so ago, we had JetBlue pilots calling Clearance Delivery to pick up their flight plans. Strangely, none of the flight plans was available. Seems the JetBlue company computer took a dump and therefore, couldn't submit the flight plans to the FAA computer. We had to enter the information manually. I was going to make a smart remark about trusting Microsoft products, but decided to hold my tongue. This happened not just that one day, but on a couple of other occasions lately [emphasis added]. Maybe they SHOULD think about other platforms!!

Obviously, I can't confirm whether or not this person is an Air Traffic Controller, so the letter could be a hoax. Personally, I doubt that, but it certainly seemed appropriate to pass it on in light of my column.

As the writer said: Maybe JetBlue should think about other platforms, especially before bragging about how dandy its Microsoft solutions are.

Bryan
Editor
TMO

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated May 29th

Mon, 8:00 AM
Enjoy Your Memorial Day
Sun, 11:36 AM
Secure Document Syncing, Splitting Audio & More – Mac Geek Gab 659
Sun, 5:30 AM
Get Free Bitcoins from 23 Faucets That Pay
Fri, 6:39 PM
Apple Could Own Device-Centric AI with Custom Chip
Fri, 5:03 PM
Here’s What Kik Users Need to Know About Kin Cryptocurrency
Fri, 4:48 PM
Sid Meier's Railroads for Mac Hits Steam Platform
Fri, 4:19 PM
The Touchbar MacBook Pro is a Disposable Embarrassment
Fri, 3:50 PM
The 5 Best PC Motherboards for Creating a Hackintosh
Fri, 3:42 PM
Leaked Memo Pegs iPhone 8 Launch After September 17
Fri, 2:15 PM
Apple Music Is Turning Apple into a Media Giant
Fri, 1:37 PM
Apple Watch Tops Heart Rate Monitor Study, Adam Curry's Podcaster Pro - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-26
Fri, 11:21 AM
Adam Curry's Podcaster Pro Aims to be All-in-One Podcasting Solution
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!