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Surveillance Systems


1. Areas of precipitation (can be reduced by CP)

2. Arrival/departure tabular list

3. Trackball (control) position symbol (A)

4. Airway (lines are sometimes deleted in part)

5. Radar limit line for control

6. Obstruction (video map)

7. Primary radar returns of obstacles or terrain (can be

removed by MTI)

8. Satellite airports

9. Runway centerlines (marks and spaces indicate


10. Primary airport with parallel runways

11. Approach gates

12. Tracked target (primary and beacon target)

13. Control position symbol

14. Untracked target select code (monitored) with

Mode C readout of 5,000’

15. Untracked target without Mode C

16. Primary target

17. Beacon target only (secondary radar) (transponder)

18. Primary and beacon target

19. Leader line

20. Altitude Mode C readout is 6,000’ 

(Note: readouts may not be displayed because of

nonreceipt of beacon information, garbled beacon

signals, and flight plan data which is displayed

alternately with the altitude readout)

21. Ground speed readout is 240 knots 

(Note: readouts may not be displayed because of a loss

of beacon signal, a controller alert that a pilot was

squawking emergency, radio failure, etc.)

22. Aircraft ID

23. Asterisk indicates a controller entry in Mode C

block. In this case 5,000’ is entered and “05” would

alternate with Mode C readout.

24. Indicates heavy

25. “Low ALT” flashes to indicate when an aircraft’s

predicted descent places the aircraft in an unsafe

proximity to terrain. 

(Note: this feature does not function if the aircraft is not

squawking Mode C. When a helicopter or aircraft is

known to be operating below the lower safe limit, the

“low ALT” can be changed to “inhibit” and flashing



27. Airways

28. Primary target only

29. Nonmonitored. No Mode C (an asterisk would

indicate nonmonitored with Mode C)

30. Beacon target only (secondary radar based on

aircraft transponder)

31. Tracked target (primary and beacon target) control

position A

32. Aircraft is squawking emergency Code 7700 and is

nonmonitored, untracked, Mode C

33. Controller assigned runway 36 right alternates with

Mode C readout 

(Note: a three letter identifier could also indicate the

arrival is at specific airport)

34. Ident flashes

35. Identing target blossoms

36. Untracked target identing on a selected code

37. Range marks (10 and 15 miles) (can be


38. Aircraft controlled by center

39. Targets in suspend status

40. Coast/suspend list (aircraft holding, temporary loss

of beacon/target, etc.)

41. Radio failure (emergency information)

42. Select beacon codes (being monitored)

43. General information (ATIS, runway, approach in


44. Altimeter setting

45. Time

46. System data area