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Air Traffic Controllers in Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) stations use STARS to provide safe and efficient aircraft spacing and sequencing guidance for departing and arriving aircraft in airports and U.S. military terminal areas. In , the STARS team was recognized by.
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Fact Sheet – Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System
In , the STARS team was recognized by the Air Traffic Control Association for exceptional performance delivering America's next-generation air traffic control system for terminal area airspace management. STARS development began in with the goal of replacing multiple legacy, capacity-restrictive systems with a single flexible system. In doing so, STARS gives controllers the ability to verify spacing, direction, headings, vectors, conflict alerts, and weather advisories, while increasing stability and cost effectiveness in airports. As shown in this animated video, the air traffic control systems of nearly all airports across the country have been upgraded with modernized automation from the Raytheon STARS program. STARS can control more traffic because of its advanced automation system. The display receives and processes weather, reports, and other information from terminals and other sensors, providing aircraft positioning and six distinct levels of weather data. The levels are identified by different colors simultaneously along with air traffic, allowing controllers to direct aircraft around bad weather.
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STARS receives radar data and flight plan information and presents the information on high-resolution, inch x inch color displays, enabling air traffic controllers to monitor, control, and accept hand-off of air traffic. - With the latest Raytheon contract modification, all major airports through the NAS and more than 90 percent of terminal airspace under FAA control will be using the system by Latest News.
ARTS is still in use at many air traffic control facilities. The STARS program receives and processes target reports, weather, and other non-target messages from both terminal and en route digital sensors. Additionally, it automatically tracks primary and secondary surveillance targets and provides aircraft position information to the enhanced traffic management system ETMS. Finally, it also detects unsafe proximities between tracked aircraft pairs and provides a warning if tracked aircraft are detected at a dangerously low altitude. These features display "ghost" targets as an aid to controllers attempting to tightly space aircraft in the terminal environment. The FAA plans to complete this process by
STARS improves the computer system used by air traffic controllers at terminal facilities to a single, state-of-the-art platform. In addition to providing the best capabilities, STARS reduces training and support costs, simplifies and reduces maintenance costs, makes new procedures easier to introduce, and maintains the highest level of safety and efficiency throughout the National Airspace System. Controllers use STARS to provide air traffic control services to pilots in terminal airspace—the airspace immediately surrounding major airports. STARS receives radar data and flight plan information for air traffic controllers at more than radar control facilities and hundreds of airport control towers. These services include separation and sequencing of air traffic, conflict and terrain avoidance alerts, weather advisories, and radar vectoring for departing and arriving traffic. A terminal radar approach control facility or TRACON is an air traffic facility that uses radar to provide approach control services to aircraft arriving, departing, or transiting airspace controlled by the facility.