Boston ARTCC

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Boston ARTCC (1963-Active) - One of 22 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC)s in the United States. Established in 1963 in Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. Assigned a FAA ID of ZBW. Active FAA Air Traffic Control Center. Also known as Boston Center.


The Boston ARTCC (ZBW) was first established in March 1963. The Boston ARTCC is currently located at 35 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, New Hampshire 03062.

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.

Boston ARTCC (ZBW)
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 1,523,097 FY2016
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 1,545,695 FY2017
Operations Rank 18/24 FY2017
En-Route Air Traffic Controllers 242 a/o 17 Sep 2016
Airspace Area (sq miles) 155,000

Boston ARTCC FAA and JSS Radar Sites (edit list)
FAA JSS NORAD Site St_ Equip_ Status Origin GPS ARTCC Notes
ZQHA Cummington MA CARSR
Active 42.47472,
ZQEA J-53 Z-010 North Truro MA ARSR-4
Active North Truro AFS 42.03417,
ZQYA J-54 Z-110 Bucks Harbor ME ARSR-4
Active Bucks Harbor AFS 44.62944,
ZBW *Not on 2016 List
ZQYD J-63 Caribou ME ARSR-4
Active 46.88583,
ZQXU J-55 Z-312 Remsen NY ARSR-4
Active Replaced Watertown AFS 43.34528,
ZQHB Z-014 Saint Albans VT CARSR
Active Saint Albans AFS 44.78167,

Current Status

Active FAA facility in Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

Location: 35 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, New Hampshire 03062

Maps & Images

Lat: 42.73517 Long: -71.48056

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  • Elevation: 167'

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See Also:


  • 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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