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IDSR- Information Display System Replacement Program

Richie Smith (N90) is the Article 114 IDSR Representative 

Background:  The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The program was later reduced to 41 networks comprising 96 facilities. 

Information Display Systems provide a wide variety of information to Air Traffic Controllers such as current weather, airspace delegation, access to approach plates, NOTAMS, SIGMETS, flight route verification, and aircraft information. The most common system in the NAS is a DOS-based system known as IDS-4. These systems are based on 1980’s technology and as workstations fail it is increasingly difficult to find replacement parts. 

NIDS is fully deployed at present in 41 networks and is currently categorized as in “sustainment mode”. The program continues to enhance its software and troubleshoot issues but will not be installed in any more sites in the NAS. 

Upcoming Activities:

•    Testing for the next software build is tentatively scheduled for June at the Technical Center in Atlantic City. A key site and further plans for distribution of this software build have yet to be discussed. 

•    Ongoing meetings with the FAA IDSR System Manager. 

•    Ongoing biweekly Status Meetings. 

•    Ongoing SIB meetings discussing AIMS reported issues and categorizing and ranking issues toward inclusion in further software builds.

•    Continued discussion on the replacement of the current Windows-based Operating System with one based in LINUX.

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