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CW@50 - 13 July 1972: MADAP-system of European co-operation

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In the corner of a Dutch field about six miles from Maastricht, lives MADAP, Eurocontrol’s automated air traffic control system. Plessey has been responsible for supplying the radar distribution system, main computer complex. IBM has been subcontracted to supply three 370/155s as part of main computer centre.

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I don't know how comfortable I'd feel about automated air traffic control. It may be in use here in some places in the U.S.. I just feel uncomfortable giving that kind of power to an automated system where many lives are involved.