Albuquerque ARTCC (1963-Active) - One of 22 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC) in the United States. Established in 1963 near Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Assigned a FAA ID of ZAB. Active FAA Air Traffic Control Center. Also known as Albuquerque Center.
The Albuquerque ARTCC (ZAB) was first established in the old terminal building at Albuquerque's Kirtland Field Airport with a staff of six controllers and two supervisors on 1 Mar 1942.
The Albuquerque ARTCC is currently located at 8000 Louisiana Boulevard in north Albuquerque, New Mexico. Construction on the present location began on 26 Apr 1961 and it was commissioned on 20 Apr 1963. The Albuquerque Center covers a part of the FAA's Central service area.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) system of 24 FAA Area Control Centers, 20 in the lower 48 United States, one in Alaska, one in Hawaii, one in Puerto Rica and one in Guam. The system operates with radar data provided by FAA radar sites, DoD radar sites, and other federal agency radar sites. These centers provide en route and oceanic services to private, commercial, and military aircraft overflying their respective control areas. As aircraft enter or exit from one control area to the next, responsibility for the aircraft is transferred to the gaining ARTCC. Voice communication between aircraft and the ARTCCs is supported by a network of ground-air radio sites often co-located with the radar sites.
The gathering of radar, beacon and other sensor data are now largely automated and continuous, but the actions necessary to control the airspace are conversational and require some 14,000 FAA air traffic controllers talking directly to pilots in the air and on the ground at terminals. This number does not include military air traffic controllers.
Note: This list includes only long-range FAA Radar Sites listed with this ARTCC as the Overlying Enroute Center. Adjacent ARTCC sector sites are not shown and short-range terminal radar sites are not shown.
Active ARTCC facility in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
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