For Immediate Release

April 5, 2000
Contact: Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – 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 Albuquerque air-route traffic center in the northeast part of the city.

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 Steve Brown, associate 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, Albuquerque 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.

DSR technology is now in various stages of installation and testing at FAA en route centers across the country. 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.

Brown also dedicated the Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque Center's major air traffic equipment has been replaced this year, Brown said.