For Immediate Release

June 30, 2005
Contact: Rebecca Trexler
Phone: (202) 267-3883

CINCINNATI, OHIO — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has commissioned the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, an airport that serves 22 millions passengers a year.

Controllers use STARS to separate and sequence aircraft, provide traffic alerts and weather advisories, and position aircraft for arrivals and departures. STARS replaces older-generation technology with an advanced air traffic system able to meet capacity needs for years to come.

"A significant part of our nation's future airspace system has arrived in Cincinnati," said Darryl Collins, FAA air traffic hub manager at the airport. "STARS and other technology are critical tools for charting a new century of safer, more efficient flight," Collins added.

STARS represents an important milestone in the FAA's ongoing plans to modernize the nation's air traffic control system. Benefits from the new system include synchronizing data from up to 16 different radars, capturing accurate local weather, and tracking as many as 1,350 aircraft at a time over a 40- to 60-mile radius extending out from the airport. By integrating this data, STARS gives controllers a picture of the sky that is as accurate, complete and detailed as technologically possible.

During the first phase of deployment, STARS is being installed at 47 FAA air traffic control facilities nationwide. Cincinnati is the 36th system to go operational. The FAA is deploying STARS at facilities deemed most critical, as funding permits. Sites with the greatest need — the highest growth in air traffic combined with older equipment will receive STARS the soonest. The Raytheon Co. of Waltham, Massachusetts, is the prime contractor for the FAA's STARS program.