Anchorage ARTCC

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Anchorage ARTCC (1969-Active) - One of 22 FAA Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC)s in the United States. Established in 1969 near Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska. Assigned an FAA ID of ZAN. Active FAA ARTCC. Also known as Anchorage Center.

Anchorage ARTCC.


The Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAN) located adjacent to Elmendorf Air Force Base at 700 North Boniface Parkway in Anchorage, Alaska. The present Anchorage ARTCC Facility was opened on 16 Jun 1969. The Anchorage Center (ZAN) covers part of the Western Service Area.

Anchorage ARTCC Airspace.

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.


15 Sep 1943 - Commissioned Anchorage ARTCC.

16 Jun 1969 - Commissioned new Anchorage ARTCC building, located on Elmendorf AFB. Formal dedication ceremonies were on 21 Aug 1969.

4 Aug 1980 - Commissioned the first En Route Automated Radar Tracking System (EARTS) at the Anchorage ARTCC, Alaska. The system was developed for the special needs of the widely dispersed centers at Anchorage, Honolulu, and San Juan, EARTS was simpler and less costly than the automated systems used to track en route traffic at centers within the contiguous U.S.

Mar 1984 - Sperry Corporation received a contract to upgrade the EARTS at the Anchorage, Honolulu, and San Juan Centers, as well as at Nellis Air Force Base. The contractor would provide radar mosaic to allow EARTS controllers to view the best data from multiple radars on a single screen, a capability similar to that available at Centers with NAS En Route Stage A systems.

Apr 1985 - Sperry received another contract to enhance the EARTS facilities by providing conflict alert and minimum safe altitude warning (MSAW) capabilities.

1985 - Majority of Alaskan Military AC&W radar sites deactivated and replaced with Joint Use FPS-117 Minimally Attended Radars (MAR) and redesignated as Long Range Radar Sites (LRRS). The LRRS were contractor operated and maintained without military personnel.

Aug 1987 - FAA accepted delivery of the combined conflict alert/MSAW software package. By FY1991, all the upgraded operational EARTS had been commissioned.

1 Jan 2001 - FAA began the first use of automatic dependent surveillance B (ADS-B) technology to track and service traffic near Bethel, Alaska – an area that had no radar coverage. The new system used ground-based transceivers to pick up transmissions from aircraft equipped with ADS-B. The information was then transmitted via phone line and satellite to the Anchorage ARTCC, where it was displayed electronically to controllers.

3 Apr 2007 - FAA announced the completion of advanced technologies and oceanic procedures (ATOP) deployment with the installation at the Anchorage ARTCC. This technology enabled controllers to separate aircraft in areas outside radar coverage or direct radio communication, such as over oceans. It also detected conflicts between aircraft and provided satellite data link communication and position information to air traffic controllers.

24 Jun 2010 - FAA announced controllers at the Anchorage ARTCC and at the Juneau air traffic control tower were using ADS-B, critical for operations in Juneau because, like in the Gulf of Mexico, there was no radar coverage there.

26 Jul 2011 - FAA $85 million contract award to Harris Corp for the replacement and upgrade of the existing satellite communications network linking the Anchorage ARTCC with 64 FAA facilities throughout the region.

10 May 2012 - FAA announced a contract award to ITT Exelis and GE Naverus to help accelerate the development of satellite-based procedures that would allow aircraft to fly more directly to their destinations. Under the $2.77 million contract, ITT Exelis, the prime contractor, and GE Naverus, the sub-contractor, would develop required navigation performance (RNP) approach procedures into five airports: Ted Stevens Anchorage International, James M. Cox Dayton International, Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (Kansas City), General Mitchell International (Milwaukee) and Syracuse Hancock International.

Anchorage ARTCC (ZAN)
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 582,494 FY2016
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 595,686 FY2017
Operations Rank 21/24 FY2017
En-Route Air Traffic Controllers 125 a/o 17 Sep 2016
Airspace Area (sq miles) 2,427,971

Anchorage ARTCC Radar Sites (edit list)
FAA JSS NORAD Site St_ Equip_ Status Origin GPS ARTCC Notes
Active 60.61560,
ZBTI A-21 Barter Island AK FPS-117
Active 70.13041,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZLUR A-13 Cape Lisburne AK FPS-117
Active Cape Lisburne AFS 68.87057,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZEHM J-09 Cape Newenham AK FPS-117
Active Cape Newenham AFS 58.62667,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZCZF A-10 Cape Romanzof AK FPS-117
Active Cape Romanzof AFS 61.78472,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZCDB A-08 Cold Bay AK FPS-117
Active 55.24528,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZFYU A-01 Fort Yukon AK FPS-117
Active Fort Yukon AFS 66.56083,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZAKN A-07 King Salmon AK FPS-117
Active King Salmon AFS 58.69250,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZOTZ A-12 Kotzebue AK FPS-117
Active Kotzebue AFS 66.84333,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZMPY A-02 Murphy Dome AK FPS-117
Active Murphy Dome AFS 64.95194,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZOLI A-19 Oliktok AK FPS-117
Active Oliktok AFS 70.49833,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZBRW A-17 Point Barrow AK FPS-117
Active Point Barrow AFS 71.32722,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZPIZ A-15 Point Lay AK FPS-117
Closed 69.73556,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZSVW A-06 Sparrevohn AK FPS-117
Active Sparrevohn AFS 61.119167,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZTLJ A-05 Tatalina AK FPS-117
Active Tatalina AFS 62.92917,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZTNC A-11 Tin City AK FPS-117
Active Tin City AFS 65.57556,
ZAN Not on 2016 List
ZUTO A-03 Indian Mountain AK FPS-117
Active Indian Mountain AFS 66.06889,
ZAN Not on 2016 List

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.

Current Status

Active FAA facility in Anchorage, Alaska.

Location: 700 North Boniface Parkway, Anchorage, AK 99506.

Maps & Images

Lat: 61.22920 Long: -149.78030

GPS Locations:

See Also:


  • ATC History
  • Anchorage ARTCC- Facility Guide
  • Administrator's Fact Book, Federal Aviation Administration, May 2019, archived 4 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • 2017-2026 Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan, Federal Aviation Administration, 2017, archived 5 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • Air Traffic by the Numbers, Federal Aviation Administration, 2018, archived 5 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • Computer system to Improve air safety unveiled in LA, The Napa Valley Register (Napa, California), 11 Mar 1988, page 20, archived 7 Jul 2019.


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