Sonora FAA Radar Site
Sonora FAA Radar Site (1980-1997) - A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Long Range Radar (LRR) site first established in 1980 near Sonora, Sutton County, Texas. The site is used to identify and track military and civilian aircraft movements within a 200-mile radius and to provide air-ground radio communication with those aircraft. Assigned a SAGE System ID of Z-339, a JSS ID of J-25, and an FAA ID of SOA. Closed FAA Radar Site.
This site became an FAA radar site circa 1980, furnishing radar track data to the FAA ARTCCs and to USAF Direction Centers. The initial FAA ARSR-3 search radar remained in operation until it was replaced by a new ARSR-4 radar site at Rocksprings in 1997.
In 1990 the Sonora ARSR-3 was scheduled to receive an upgrade kit to implement three level weather data processing on 7 Jan 1991.
The radar site data was available to the USAF/NORAD operations centers as well as the FAA Houston ARTCC (ZHU) and adjacent ARTCCs.
With the activation of the new ARSR-4 radar site at Rocksprings in 1997 the Sonora site was deactivated.
Closed FAA radar site near Sonora in Sutton County, Texas.