FAA preparing RFP for display terminals

The Federal Aviation Administration will likely issue a solicitation later this year to replace aging display terminals for air traffic controllers in four locations as part of its overall terminal modernization effort.

The request for proposals will be open to all competitors and not limited to Raytheon Co., the company that won the contract to install the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), FAA spokeswoman Rebecca Trexler said. STARS is a joint acquisition program between FAA and the Defense Department.

STARS is an effort to modernize FAA computer and display systems used in Terminal Radar Approach Control centers to control services to aircraft in the airspace immediately around airport terminals. The agency began implementing STARS in phases in June 2003 and hopes to complete the first phase by the end of fiscal 2007.

An FAA Joint Resources Council earlier this summer decided to add nine new locations as part of the STARS rollout, and the pending solicitation will seek offers to replace aging display systems in Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Denver, according to Trexler. FAA selected these cities because 'they have the very oldest display systems in the country,' she said.

Trexler could not reveal details about the RFP, but said the agency hopes to release it by the end of the year. When released, it will contain system requirements for display systems, she said.

(Posted Aug. 31, 4:48 p.m. Updated Sept. 1 at 1:40 p.m.)

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