Tue, Apr 12, 2011
The "Conductor" Of The National Airspace System
The new David J. Hurley Air Traffic Control System Command
Center, located in Warrenton, VA, is fully operational, the FAA
announced Monday. "If you think of our national airspace system as
an orchestra, the Command Center's the conductor," said Deputy
Secretary Porcari. "It's a 24/7 operation where the traffic flow is
set for the entire day."
"With 5,000 aircraft in the sky over the U.S. at any given
moment, the Command Center plays a critical role in ensuring that
all of that traffic is handled safely and efficiently," said FAA
Administrator Randy Babbitt.
The Command Center is responsible for managing the overall use
of the national airspace system. Traffic management specialists
balance air traffic demand with system capacity, working with
aviation stakeholders to handle any constraints in the system, such
as weather, runway closures and delays. They coordinate with air
traffic controllers at facilities throughout the country to ensure
that air traffic moves as smoothly as possible.
The new Command Center is co-located with the FAA's Potomac
Terminal Radar Approach Control, or TRACON, a consolidated approach
and departure control facility that opened in 2002. About 600
employees work at the two facilities.
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