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FIRST SEGMENT OF ADVANCED AUTOMATION SYSTEM COMPLETE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

 ROCKVILLE, Md., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The first segment of the Advanced Automation System, the cornerstone of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control modernization plan, is operational at all 20 FAA en route centers in the continental United States.
 This segment, the Peripheral Adapter Module Replacement Item (PAMRI), became operational ahead of the schedule set over four years ago. PAMRI, which was built by Formation, IBM's subcontractor, enables each FAA en route center to exchange data with other air traffic control systems. It is capable of transmitting larger amounts of radar and flight plan data, while performing eight times faster than the technology it replaced.
 Since the AAS contract award in 1988, the FAA has added two enhancements to the original segment contract, increasing its value to nearly $43 million. The first, the Random Access Planned Position Indicator (RAPPI), a radar enhancement, is also well ahead of schedule. The second enhancement stems from an FAA request for PAMRI installation at two more en route centers: Honolulu and Anchorage.
 "PAMRI, which builds on our Host Computer System work with the FAA, is an important step in the modernization of our nation's air transportation system," said Gerald W. Ebker, chairman and chief executive officer, IBM Federal Systems Company. "The success of this first segment is key to maintaining the momentum of the rest of the program. IBM is committed to ensuring that the remaining AAS segments come into service as soon as possible."
 The IBM Federal Systems Company PAMRI team and the FAA were the recipients of the Air Traffic Control Association's Special Medallion Award in November 1992 for outstanding contributions to air traffic control.
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 /CONTACT: J. William Prater of IBM Federal Systems, 301-493-1359/
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