In March 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility kicked off their COVID-19 contingency plan, but they were short 25-30 network couplers used to sample high frequency signals. With all stores closed and their supplier shut down, the FAA was in a race against the clock, with limited options. The FAA contacted the Perspecta County of San Diego (CoSD) team to ask if they could spare any couplers. The Perspecta team reached out to our partner organizations who found the couplers and had them delivered to the FAA in under an hour.
The CoSD team received a thank you from the FAA branch in Southern California. About Perspecta’s response the FAA wrote, "Had it not been for your direct support and professionalism, the success of our mission here at the FAA would have been difficult to achieve. We succeeded in our mission to support the flying public through you. Again, we owe you our thanks for your support."
The SoCal TRACON serves most airports in Southern California and guides about 2.2 million planes over roughly 9,000 square miles in a year, making the facility one of the busiest in the world.