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April 11, 2011
Contact: Tammy L. Jones
WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that the new David J. Hurley Air Traffic Control System Command Center, located in Warrenton, VA, is fully operational.
“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 Administrator 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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