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Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Richie Smith  is the Article 114 Representative  

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 terminal networks comprising 96 facilities and at present time is fully deployed.  

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. IDS-4 sustainably has been estimated to end between 2021 and 2026.  

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 there will no more funded sites in the NAS.  

Upcoming Activities: 

  • Testing for the next software build at the Technical Center in Atlantic City has been postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 crisis. The vendor has completed the software build and discussions are taking place as to how to conduct testing.  A key site and further plans for distribution of this software build have yet to be discussed, however, most of the improvements in the build are aimed at hardware issues in the SCT network.  

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.