AWI has been awarded an important contract to replace all of the approximately 2,300 aging Integrated Display Systems (IDS4) for the FAA. The contract will also support the FAAs plans for the replacement and updating of ACE-IDS displays (approximately 900 workstations), followed by replacement of the En Route Information Display System workstations (ERIDS - approximately 1,800 workstations).
The contract also covers installing or replacing displays at numerous smaller control towers that currently have either no, or very, limited information, weather, and related display tools. The total contract value is $66.4 million over a six-year period. Jason Hall, CEO of AWI, was enthusiastic in his response to the award. Being selected for such an important FAA program is an honor and a great compliment to AWI. FlexIDS will bring expanded and dynamic data display and dissemination capabilities to the FAA and Military customers around the globe. Don Soenen, Chairman of AWI, commented AWIs FlexIDS product is an ideal platform for the FAAs Integrated Display System Replacement Program. With software development, hardware integration, program management, installation and training all provided internally by AWI personnel, we can effectively manage and control the entire project for the benefit of the flying public. The new IDS system is designed around an open architecture, uses touch screen technology, has full redundancy, and interfaces to both existing and planned weather and FAA information networks. Later this year the first article will be delivered to the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center for acceptance testing. The first facility installations will occur in early 2011 and will continue through 2015.