For Immediate Release

November 8, 1999
Contact: Arlene Salac, Jim Peters
Phone: (718) 553-3015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has installed a new terminal surveillance radar system at Lynchburg Regional Airport. The new radar will provide air traffic controllers with an important tool to “see” aircraft under all kinds of weather conditions during day and night operations.

The ASR-9 (Airport Surveillance Radar) system, which has been in use at Lynchburg since August 2, provides accurate aircraft positional information within 60 nautical miles of the airport and up to an altitude of 10,000 feet. The digital radar can detect targets under extreme conditions of weather, ground clutter, and natural and man-made interference and ground vehicular traffic.

As part of the project, a D-BRITE (a digital bright radar indicator tower equipment) monitor has been installed in the air traffic control tower at Lynchburg. Controllers now receive advisory information on an aircraft’s position, altitude, speed, beacon or transponder code and flight identification. It can also alert controllers to potential conflicts with other aircraft.

The ASR-9 also has improved coverage of the terrain east of Roanoke Airport, especially at lower altitudes, the area handled by the FAA’s Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) at Roanoke Airport.

The installation and commissioning of the ASR-9 radar at Lynchburg is an example of FAA’s continuing efforts to upgrade and modernize the nation’s air traffic control system. FAA technicians maintain the ASR –9 as well as the ATCBI-4 (Air Traffic Control Beacon Interrogator). The system has been installed on a 77-foot steel tower on Candler Mountain.

The ASR-9 at Lynchburg is the sixth unit to be commissioned in Virginia and the 19th system to be commissioned in FAA’s Eastern Region, which includes New York,

New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The five other sites in Virginia where the ASR-9 has been installed are located in Chantilly, Richmond, Norfolk, Charlottesville and Arlington County.