FAA Picks Raytheon to Refresh STARS

Dave Wajsgras, Raytheon IIS

Dave Wajsgras, Raytheon IIS

The Federal Aviation Administration has chosen Raytheon Co. to improve the usability and cut operational costs for the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, or STARS.

“We want air traffic controllers to have the best tools available to manage the increasingly complex airspace around our airports,” said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services.

Ar traffic controllers across the U.S. use STARS to provide safe and efficient aircraft spacing and sequencing guidance for over 40,000 departing and arriving aircraft daily at more than 600 civilian and military airports, Raytheon said.

“In partnership with the FAA, our STARS program has been deployed at 11 of the largest Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities that control 80 percent of U.S. air traffic,” said Matt Gilligan, vice president of Raytheon IIS.

Raytheon has installed the advanced STARS systems at TRACONS in New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, northern and southern California, St. Louis, Louisville, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

Raytheon said its STARS team will continue to work with FAA’s NextGen revamp effort to achieve a historic first — a single national software and hardware baseline across the country by the middle of 2020.

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