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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: 

  • PDX is continuing to gather reports of METAR data and are in the process of reviewing to see if any truncated reports came through. 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 P80.  
  • Remote testing of build 3.6.5 is scheduled to start May 10, 2021. All pre-testing continues to go well. Key site was changed to PVD and is pending approval. Install is currently scheduled for June with rollout to SCT in July.  
  • Meetings with PHL and surrounding towers continue. The IDSR team has been in contact with EWR and TEB for initial design meetings. Implementation is on track for September 2021. Facilities will start to have equipment installed for hands-on training in June.  
  • ELMS course FAA57000001 NAS Information Display System (NIDS) for Air Traffic Controllers has a flash issue and is hung up by technical issues. We have asked that it be moved to the top of the priority list. However, we were informed this morning it will not be available for at least 2 weeks.  
  • Ongoing biweekly Status Meetings and Technical Interchange Meetings (TIM) discussing the future merging with and transition to EIDS. 
  • Ongoing SIB meetings discussing AIMS reported issues to categorize and rank issues for inclusion in further software builds. 
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