BY DAVID KAUFMAN, C.M.
Early in the morning of Sept. 26, 2014,
an intentionally set fire in FAA’s Chicago
Air Route Traffic Control Center (ATC)
in Aurora, Illinois, destroyed critical
communications equipment and forced
a complete evacuation of its personnel.
The Chicago Center — one of 22 ATC
facilities in the U.S. that together perform
surveillance and control of all enroute
aircraft flying under Instrument Flight
Rules (IFR) — was rendered inoperable
for 17 days, severely impacting air travel
throughout North America and particularly
in the Midwest.