Air traffic displays modernized
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Jul 17, 2000
The installation of displays and supporting computer systems to modernize
the nation's air traffic control system was completed Friday at the Washington
Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, Va.
The Display System Replacement program has outfitted 20 air traffic control
centers nationwide with new computers and displays that can be easily upgraded
to deal with the strong growth in air traffic. Contractor Lockheed Martin
Corp. completed the DSR installation on time and within the $1.05 billion
budget, said Jane Garvey, Federal Aviation Administration administrator,
during a dedication ceremony at the center.
The DSR program is the first major component of the modernization of the
en route air traffic control system infrastructure. The program provides
an open architecture that can accommodate software upgrades and new technologies
that make up the evolving air traffic control system. Software upgrades
include weather display enhancements to improve safety and technology tools
to better manage increased air traffic, according to the FAA. It replaces
20- to 30-year-old monochrome radar screens with color displays, Microsoft
Corp. Windows systems for controllers and modern data processing technology.
Nationwide, the integrated DSR system controls about 123,300 aircraft per
day, or 45 million aircraft per year, according to a Lockheed Martin statement.
The first DSR system was installed in Seattle in December 1998. The system
works with information from the new host computer system, which replaced
older, less capable hardware with better processing systems.