Minneapolis ARTCC (1962-Active) - One of 22 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC)s in the United States. Established in 1962 near Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota. Assigned a FAA ID of ZMP. Active FAA Air Traffic Control Center. Also known as Minneapolis Center.
The Minneapolis ARTCC (ZMP) was first established on 1 Feb 1942 on the second floor of the Terminal Building at Wold-Chamberlain Field in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis ARTCC is currently located at 512 Division St, Farmington, Minnesota it was commissioned on 1 Jul 1962. The Minneapolis Center covers a part of the FAA's Central service area.
Minneapolis Center services 16 separate approach control facilities, 8 VFR Towers and 312 airports with authorized instrument approach procedures.
Minneapolis Center's airspace is divided into six areas, and then further divided into 42 sectors. Each sector has a main display monitor (MDM) with an associated manual controller position. Each area has a color weather radar monitor and a traffic situation display.
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.
Note: This list includes only long-range FAA Radar Sites listed with this ARTCC as the Overlying Enroute Center. Adjacent ARTCC sector sites are not shown and short-range terminal radar sites are not shown.
Active FAA facility in Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota.