Airports get long-delayed STARS displays

Airports get long-delayed STARS displays

The Federal Aviation Administration has accepted the first two of 11 new air traffic control displays for the long-delayed Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System.

The displays went in last month at Memphis International Airport in Tennessee and Bradley International Airport at Windsor Locks, Conn.

The advantage of deploying the early display configuration is a faster transition to full STARS, said Bill Voss, director of FAA's Terminal Business Service.

The STARS contractor, Raytheon Co., has a 2005 deadline for new displays at 172 civilian airports and a 2007 deadline for up to 199 military airports. STARS is four years behind schedule, and Congress has mandated a schedule for limited production of early displays this year.

Jim Arena, Raytheon's STARS customer development manager, said the company is on track to install early displays at airports in Albany, N.Y.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cleveland; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit; Las Vegas; Omaha, Neb.; and Providence, R.I.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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