The FAA has recently announced the Cape TRACON ASR-8 surveillance radar will be out of service while improvements are made to the system. The Falmouth ASR-8 Surveillance Radar - which provides primary radar for Cape TRACON - is being raised to increase its line-of-sight radar coverage and reduce signal blockages and reflections from nearby trees and buildings.
This outage will be in effect from October 13 until March 13, 2016.
During this time, Cape TRACON will employ backup systems of the Nantucket ASR-9 and the Boston Center Radar Presentation off the North Truro radar site (CENRAP) to cover its airspace.
However, despite these accommodations, air traffic control services will be affected during this time-frame and pilots should expect some or all of the following impacts:
- Increased separation between aircraft
- Limited air traffic services for all aircraft
- Potential for reduced approval of practice approaches
- Possible IFR delays for aircraft at Plymouth (PYM) and Provincetown (PVC) airports due to no radar and non-radar procedures being implemented
Furthermore, traffic advisories will not be available to aircraft that are not equipped with transponders and, in some areas, to those flying below 2,000 feet. And because CENRAP operations prohibit the use of automatic altitude readout for traffic separation, altitude confirmation will be required throughout Cape TRACON’s airspace .
The FAA urges pilots to check all appropriate NOTAMs before planning a flight into the Cape TRACON airspace at (508)-536-1400