Sky's the limit for FAA's Garvey when it comes to New Year's Eve

Sky's the limit for FAA's Garvey when it comes to New Year's Eve

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

Jane Garvey, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, plans to be airborne while the year 2000 rolls westward from London to the Golden Gate Bridge.

At 5:10 p.m. EST on Dec. 31, Garvey will board an American Airlines flight leaving Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto said.

Because she will not arrive at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport until 7:43 p.m. CST, Garvey will be in flight when air traffic control computers roll over from 1999 to 2000 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, which occurs at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Garvey's second flight departs Dallas-Fort Worth at 10:09 p.m. CST.

That's less than an hour before the famous ball drops in New York's Times Square at midnight EST.

After landing in San Francisco at 12:07 a.m. PST, the FAA chief will have been in the sky while the clock strikes midnight in all four time zones of the continental United States.

Garvey will fly coach class and has not announced contingency plans should severe weather ground her flight, Takemoto said.

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