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Performance Data Analysis and Reporting System (PDARS)

PDARS Example Graphic

PDARS LogoThe Performance Data Analysis and Reporting System (PDARS) is a FAA NAS System designed as an integrated performance measurement tool that facilitates operational analysis to improve the NAS. The system consists of a dedicated network of computers located at FAA sites that use specialized software for collecting detailed air traffic management system data.

PDARS System ImageThe PDARS system includes 20 domestic Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC's), 28 Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities, 27 ASDE-X equipped airports.  PDARS is also used at FAA Service Area Offices, the Air Traffic Control System Command Center, the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, and FAA Headquarters.

As a NAS system, the data contained in the PDARS system is intended for government use only. The PDARs data differs from other NAS data in that it is enhanced to provide quality controlled flight track data.

PDARS Chart

Key Features of PDARS
The addition of event information to the flight track data provides data that can be readily analyzed and support metric and reporting needs. It is the FAA’s only mechanism to provide Gate to Gate analysis. FAA personnel use the PDARS system extensively to assist in monitoring, measuring, analyzing, and managing operations on a day-to-day basis.


Flight Trajectory Synthesis
Flight Trajectory Synthesis: Collects flight data from multiple surveillance systems, merging track points into end-to-end trajectories, and producing quality-controlled analysis-ready data
Comprehensive View of the NAS
Comprehensive View of the NAS: performs a complex coordination and integration of processed flight data with cyclical geo-referenced data sources including weather, airspace, airports, navigational objects, traffic flow management, and geographic data
Key Flight Event Detection
Key Flight Event Detection: detects key flight events using business rules and metric definitions verified over 15 years of operation, including Airspace Crossings, Runway Assignment, Modes of Flight, Level Flight, Go-Arounds, Handoffs, Holding, and Fix Passing

Visualization and Animation: Displays multi-dimensional viewing of flight activity and airspace, animation replays of historical data using 3D and 4D visualization for operational analysis, and flightdata filtering

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