Archive for September, 2014

Temporary Schedule Revision Due to Impact of Fire at Chicago ATC Center

The Flight Operations Department at Air Choice One has been working around the clock at developing fixes and processing information given by various agencies and operators with relation to the Chicago Center airspace and the relation to our ORD operations. Here is what we know and are doing:

  • There are contractors assessing damage to the Chicago Center (ZAU) radar facility after damage caused by the fires and resulting water to extinguish the blaze.
  • Right now, it is estimated that it could take at least 1 month to get the facility back and running/ staffed fully. From that point, it may take an additional month to get things back to 100% without delays.
  • We have discussed operational plans with numerous controlling agencies (Minneapolis Center, Kansas City, and Indianapolis Center) with routing to get us clearances to and from ORD. There is no standardized plan in place to deal with this particular situation: Many experimental fixes are being discussed.
  • DEC / BRL routes are uniquely affected by the Chicago Center outage. They fall underneath the Chicago Center veil of airspace and getting a clearance to fly from those airports to ORD has been very complicated / next to impossible. Since the airspace is “owned” by Chicago Center they have to give authorization to neighboring centers/agencies to release aircraft. At this time, Chicago Center is not staffed in such a way to issue such authorization.
  • IWD is affected a bit differently from DEC / BRL as they are controlled by Minneapolis Center and their jurisdiction allows the air craft and flights to receive clearance to ORD. However, due to route congestion we are experiencing lengthy and sometimes extended delays.
  • Air choice One Flight Operations has actively pursued alternate routes for the DEC / BRL to ORD segments. Together with the Decatur Airport (DEC) and the Southeast Iowa Regional Airport (BRL) arrangements have been made for all Chicago bound flights to be rerouted to St. Louis. All passengers will have an opportunity to make alternative travel plans that include an option to depart from St. Louis Lambert or work with Air Choice One Customer Service (1-866-435-9847) to resolve their individual service need.
  • This schedule substitution is scheduled to last for about two weeks but possibly longer; please stay tuned to airchoiceone.com for the latest information.

*Temporary Schedule Revision Due to Impact of Fire at Chicago ATC Center*
Effective 09/30/14 Through 10/12/14 Pending Further Updates From Chicago O’Hare
Temporary Changes Shown Below in RED