Accession Number : ADA619252


Title :   Final Environmental Assessment: Installation of Digital Airport Surveillance Radar at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota


Corporate Author : AECOM WAKEFIELD MA


Personal Author(s) : Freeman, Charles ; Shreve-Gibb, Betsy ; Petras, James ; Hunt, Jessica ; Meuse, James ; Pietro, Lisa ; Touchet, Tom


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a619252.pdf


Report Date : 11 May 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 203


Abstract : The United States Air Force (USAF) proposes to construct a Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR) system at Grand Forks Air Force Base (AFB) in North Dakota. This Proposed Action is part of the National Airspace System (NAS) Program, the aviation system capital investment plan developed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in cooperation with the Department of Defense (DOD) to modernize approach control systems in the United States, its territories, and overseas military installations. DASR is a DOD-lead contract to install airp01t surveillance radar equipment for both the DOD and FAA. The implementation of the NAS program, which also includes the installation of DOD Advanced Automation Systems (DAAS) and Voice Communications Switching Systems (VCSS) at DOD bases, was previously evaluated in a programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (USAF, 1995a). The EA for Grand Forks AFB addresses the si te-specific impacts of locating a DASR system on Grand Forks AFB and evaluates environmental impacts of constructing and operating the DASR system, along with dismantling the existing AN/GPN-20 radar, on both the natural and manmade environments. The DAAS and VCSS components of the NAS program at Grand Forks AFB will be located within existing buildings, and impacts are anticipated to be minor. Primary consequences of the DASR system evaluated in the EA involve the construction and operation of an ASR-11 radar system on Grand Forks AFB to replace the existing AN/GPN-20 radar. The DASR system at Grand Forks AFB is needed to replace the existing AN/GPN-20 airport surveillance radar. The ASR-11 will improve system reliability, provide additional weather data, reduce maintenance cost, improve performance, and provide digital data input to proposed new digital automation system air traffic controller displays. The proposed ASR-11 will take advantage of the significantly increased capabilities of digital technology.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE FACILITIES , *AIRPORT RADAR SYSTEMS , *ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT , AIR QUALITY , AIR SPACE , CULTURAL RESOURCES , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT , HAZARDOUS WASTES , LAND USE , LANDING FIELDS , NOISE , SAFETY , SURVEILLANCE , TRANSPORTATION , VOICE COMMUNICATIONS , WASTE MANAGEMENT , WATER RESOURCES


Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Air Navigation and Guidance
      Environmental Health and Safety


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE