Aviation Infrastructure Copes With Hurricanes

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As Florida continues mopping up from two recent hurricanes -- and hopes to be spared a direct hit from Ivan -- money already is starting to arrive to help with the recovery. The FAA last week OK'd a grant of $404,700 for repairs at Melbourne International Airport, where damage from Hurricane Frances was estimated at about $5 million. Melbourne is also the site of the FAA's primary network operations and control center for airspace, which successfully made a transition to a backup site in Chantilly, Va., before Frances arrived. "The [control center] is essential to managing and monitoring FAA air traffic control operations nationwide," said Steve Dash, FAA telecommunications manager. The backup system worked smoothly, he said. "There was no impact whatsoever on the National Airspace System."