For Immediate Release

Release No. SW99100003
October 20, 1999
Contact: John Clabes
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH, October 20, 1999 – Continuing the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) intensive program to modernize major portions of the nation's air traffic control system, the FAA today dedicated a new radar display system and HOCSR, the oceanic computer system replacement, in the Fort Worth air-route traffic center at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Half of the nation's 20 high-altitude control centers now have the new displays. The display replacement program, which is on schedule and within budget, will be complete in May 2000. All centers have received the new computers in the past nine months.

The Display System Replacement (DSR) succeeds older equipment at the facility with high resolution color displays, improved real-time weather information and weather displays, improved operational flexibility, built-in redundancies and efficient software upgrade capabilities.

"This state-of-the-art system is another milestone in our continuing effort to infuse new technologies into the air traffic control system of tomorrow," said Monte R. Belger, assistant administrator for air traffic services. "From an operational point of view, it is a cornerstone of our air traffic modernization efforts, and from a financial point of view, its nationwide installation is on schedule and within budget."

With DSR in operation, Fort Worth Center air traffic control operations have moved to a new control room environment. The complex transition of operations to the new environment was accomplished in two days without interrupting or compromising service to the flying public.

Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management of Bethesda, Md., is the prime contractor for the $1.055 billion project.

The FAA continues to aggressively upgrade its air traffic control systems to meet the increasing demands of U.S. aviation. The FAA has completed replacement of the host computes, on budget and ahead of schedule. The host computers process flight plan and radar data and send that information to controllers at the center and other air traffic facilities.

Belger also dedicated the Fort Worth center's new operational Host and Oceanic Computer System Replacement Program, or the new HOCSR. The system gathers all the flight data in domestic and oceanic airspace, processes it and distributes the information to other facilities. The new HOCSR retires the IBM 3083 and 4381 computer processors and provides a platform for future enhancements. All of Fort Worth Center's major air traffic equipment has been replaced this year, Belger said.