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Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Tiffany McBride 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 41terminal 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: 

Portland (PDX) attached a ‘monitoring’ cable and is scheduled to test the ability of catching the truncated reports this week. No known incomplete reports have occurred since the install of the cable in early December 2020. The IDSR Team and PDX local TechOps continue to work with the NWS and Portland Tracon (P80).  

Remote testing of build 3.6.5 is on track to start March 15. There was an upload issue found by the test team. It was sent to the vender for code change and the team is awaiting update.  

Weekly meetings are being focused on Philadelphia (PHL) and surrounding towers. The IDSR team gave 2 NIDS overview briefings and are working with the facilities to create their designs. Full install is scheduled to finish September 2021.  

Ongoing biweekly Status Meetings and Technical Interchange Meetings (TIM) discussing the future merging with and transition to EIDS. 

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