Houston ATM upgrade.
Houston's airports and their air traffic management system
will get a $36.7 million upgrade thanks to FAA funding. Nearly $25
million is earmarked for replacement of the Terminal Radar Approach
Control (TRACON) system. The remaining amount is being allocated for the
Houston Area Air Traffic System (HAATS) radar and its programme support.
Two important proposed runway projects within the three airport Houston
Airport System hinge on an expanded TRACON. The construction of
Houston-Bush Intercontinental's proposed Runway 9R/27L may be
needed as early as 2010, while Runway 12L/30R's widening and
lengthening may need to be accelerated to bring it online in 2010.