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Y2K: The Winter of Our Disconnect?

 

Aeroflot, Russia's state-run airline, is reporting that they have little concern for Y2K problems -- because their planes are so old they don't use digital computer systems.

Story from USA Today.

 

with Bob Cringely
History or Hysteria? #2

Prediction #3

Airplanes are going to malfunction and control towers won't be able to guide them to the airports.

Some of the bigger airline jets are built with microchips and computers to monitor systems on the plane and automate various functions. However, airplanes are still flown by human pilots, so even if the onboard computers stopped working, the pilots can still fly them. The airlines and aerospace companies have also tested their planes and are confident about their safety.

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