For Immediate Release

Release No. AEA-19-99
November 1, 1999
Contact: Arlene Salac, Jim Peters
Phone: (718) 553-3015

New York – Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater and FAA Administrator Jane Garvey toured the newest Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control computer systems at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Ronkonkoma, NY today. The computer systems are two key components in FAA’s nationwide modernization plan.

The tour featured the Host and Oceanic Computer System Replacement, known as HOCSR and the Display System Replacement (DSR).

HOCSR processes flight plan and radar data and sends that information to controllers at the center and other air traffic facilities. Host replacement involves hardware only, no new software. All 20 enroute traffic control centers will receive new HOCSR computers in 1999.

DSR is the cornerstone in the FAA air traffic modernization program. It is replacing 20-year-old equipment in the 20 Air Route Traffic Control Centers around the continental U.S. with new controller workstations, display computer hardware and software, and network infrastructure. Features include new color displays and consoles for controllers, quieter and faster flight strip printers, and high reliability.

New York Center is one of 21 FAA radar facilities nationwide that provide air traffic services for high altitude aircraft. It is the nation’s 4th busiest Center handling approximately 7,600 aircraft operations per day.