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After the order to “clear the skies” over the Continental United States at about 9:30 a.m., in a matter of hours, the skies were eerily quiet. Many remember hearing about this, but few know what happened with the many flights that were en route from Asia, Europe and elsewhere.
What happened to them? Where did they go and how were they handled?
FAA oceanic airspace, Flight Information Regions encompass over 20 million square miles of the globe. On the morning of 9/11, this airspace contained many flights en route to the United States under the control of FAA controllers at Anchorage, Oakland, and New York Centers. Beyond 200 miles, most of the communications was being handled through Aeronautical Radio, Inc. communications centers at New York and Oakland to whom fell the responsibility of advising flights of the “Clear the Skies” order, coordinating their requests for changing their destinations, and providing phone patches between puzzled flight crews and flight dispatch oftheir respective companies.
On this fateful day, Tom McMahon was the Senior Director of Air Traffic Communications and Services and he is going to inform us of how the flights were handled also the tale of a little-known but frightening story of a possible fifth hijacked aircraft.
Agenda: Thursday, November 17th, 2011,
Speakers Luncheon at theANCC
Site: Army Navy Country Club, 703.521.6800
Cost: $30.00, paid at the entranceDate: Thursday, November 17, 2011
1100: Doors Open, Networking Time
1200: Salute to the Flag
1210: Luncheon served, hot gourmet entree, fresh garden salad with dressing, rolls, freshly brewed coffee, or hot tea, complemented by a delicious dessert
1250: Introduction of our Speaker Tom W. McMahon
1300: Speaker: Capt. Thomas W. McMahon, USN (ret.)
1345: Q & A
1400: Conclusion of Speakers Luncheon
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