WASHINGTON (07/17/2000) - 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 US$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.
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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.