When heavy rains in October 2015 flooded the radar room of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s air traffic control tower and terminal radar approach control center, knocking out crucial voice and radar feeds, it took FAA technicians several days to transfer those feeds to the backup location. In the interim, even a satellite communications link failed to provide relief due to severe weather and heavy rainfall.  A year earlier, the same was true in Chicago when a ...

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