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on the radar (screen)

Considered important or noteworthy; within the spectrum of (someone's) awareness, attention, or consideration. If you want this issue to be on the radar of mainstream America, you have to frame it as something that will hit people in their wallets. There are always going to be bands who suddenly appear on the radar screen, only to fade into obscurity just as quickly.
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Birds appear much different on the radar screen than hard, solid contacts like other vessels, buoys, rain, and land.
We are keeping our fingers crossed and we will be excited when we can see radar targets on the radar screen at VC Bird (International Airport).
I'm just a tiny blip on the radar screen,'' she demurred.
1 -- color) Helen Mirren, a nominee for best actress for her role in ``Gosford Park,'' demurred, ``I'm just a tiny blip on the radar screen.
In reality, there is no commonality or consistency from one search firm to another in terms of who qualifies to be on the radar screen and who is not.
When the NCAR group spotted precursors on the radar screen, they issued an advance notice that a microburst would reach the surface within 5 minutes.
The award, which is in excess of $500,000, is part of a retrofit program that enables air traffic controllers to track, move and lock onto the constant flow of information displayed on the radar screen in FAA control towers.
When your transponder is not on, it shows on the radar screen as a solid line.
Another Indian official said that air traffic controllers noticed ``two blips merging on the radar screen but not separating'' before both blips disappeared.
Helicopters have spotted bodies floating on the sea and one lifeboat carrying three people in the vicinity of where the ship, the Salaam 98, was last seen on the radar screens, Egyptian maritime officials said.
Its last position on the radar screens was 62 miles from Duba.
Helicopter crews also saw a lifeboat carrying three people near where the 25-year-old Salaam 98 was last seen on the radar screens.
The Finnish air traffic control however acted wrongly in not telling the aircraft that it did not appear on the radar screens in the air traffic control tower.
The danger came from the fact that the aircraft did not show on the radar screens despite having been in the air for about five minutes.
A new 13-floor office building at Helsinki-Vantaa airport, Finland reportedly causes reflections and phantom images on the radar screens of the primary radar at the air traffic control.