ATM Modernization

Raytheon Finishes Upgrading New York TRACON Ahead of Schedule

By S.L. Fuller | May 25, 2017

JFKRaytheon has completed modernizing air traffic control (ATC) services for the New York area, including JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, Teterboro and other smaller airfields. The company said the completion is six months ahead of schedule.

Under the Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement program (TAMR), Raytheon has been replacing systems in terminal radar approach control (TRACON) facilities with its Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). To date, Raytheon said it has modernized the FAA’s 11 largest TRACON facilities, which control 80% of U.S. air traffic.

"We designed and delivered a system that could seamlessly transition the largest U.S. airports to STARS without a single interruption to the National Airspace System," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "In some cases, transitions were achieved in weeks instead of months with the final New York site being completed six months ahead of schedule."

New York was the final TRACON to achieve Operational Readiness Decision this month, Raytheon said.

The company said STARS allows TRACON facilities to provide safe and efficient aircraft spacing and sequencing guidance for both departing and arriving aircraft. It provides more lifecycle cost savings to the FAA than the systems it is replacing, as well as more safety and capacity management to terminal automation.

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