FAA Selects Raytheon for STARS Air Traffic Control Modernization Project; Dave Wajsgras Quoted

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Dave Wajsgras

The Federal Aviation Administration has partnered with Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) to modernize an automated system that helps U.S. air traffic controllers manage the spacing and sequencing of aircraft.

Raytheon said Tuesday it aims to increase the usability of FAA’s Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, which is designed to monitor aerial vehicles that depart or arrive at military air bases and civilian airports.

“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 the intelligence, information and services business at Raytheon and a 2019 Wash100 awardee.

The company’s STARS team will also continue to support the agency’s efforts to establish an integrated hardware and software baseline for the Next Generation Air Transportation System by mid-year.

“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.

The modernized system has been installed at TRACONS in Atlanta, California, Dallas/Fort WorthDenver,  LouisvilleMinneapolis, New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

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