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NATCA Position on FAA's Modernization Program at Air Traffic Control Centers - (10/19/1999)

NATCA Position on FAA's Modernization Program at Air Traffic Control Centers WASHINGTON- On Oct. 14, The Federal Aviation Administration announced completion of the first phase of its modernization program at all 20 air traffic control centers and three oceanic centers nationwide. "The success of the Host and Oceanic Computer System Replacement (HOCSR) proves when the FAA considers the impact of new programs on the workforce and addresses concerns directly, everyone wins," said NATCA's Executive Vice President Randy Schwitz. "This project was done in partnership from beginning to end and was finished on time, within budget and without an adverse impact to the bargaining unit. This is merely one example of how the FAA has committed itself to working with the union to make the nation's air traffic control system even more safe and efficient for the years to come." The project, which is an important component of the National Airspace System infrastructure modernization program, replaced key computer hardware. The new equipment is more than four times faster and more reliable than its predecessor, while only occupying an eighth of the floor space, according to the FAA. Schwitz can be available for comment by contacting the number above.


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