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Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement (TAMR)

The TAMR program is upgrading air traffic control systems at terminal radar approach control (TRACON) facilities across the national air space (NAS) with the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS).

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Old and new Terminal Automation Systems shown side-by-side for comparison

What is Terminal Automation?

Terminal automation systems receive surveillance data and aircraft flight plan information. Controllers at radar control facilities use these systems to manage air traffic immediately around airports, and technicians maintain these systems at facilities.

These systems enable controllers to provide several air traffic control services that are critical to the safety of the national airspace:

  • Separating and sequencing of aircraft
  • Conflict and terrain avoidance alerts
  • Weather advisories
  • Radar vectoring for departing and arriving traffic.

What is STARS?

STARS is a single, state-of-the-art platform that is being installed at TRACONs and control towers. It will:

  • Maintain safety while increasing cost-effectiveness at terminal facilities across the NAS
  • Provide advanced functionalities for controllers, such as a flat-panel LED display and the ability to save controller workstation preferences
  • Offer an easier-to-maintain infrastructure for technicians

STARS is a foundational technology in the FAA-led modernization of the U.S. airspace system. Similar to En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) at air route traffic control centers (ARTCCs), TAMR allows TRACON facilities to use Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data and other technologies that will make flying even safer, more efficient, and more predictable.

The phased STARS implementation process began in the early 2000s. The implementation process is expected to be completed by 2021, and will be used by thousands of controllers and technicians.

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