Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Data Communications (Data Comm) User Information
The FAA's NextGen Data Comm program will allow the National Airspace System (NAS) to handle more traffic, reduce flight delays, route aircraft more efficiently and improve safety, all while reducing operational costs for airspace users.
In today's NAS, air traffic management depends on voice communications to relay a wide array of critical information between air crews and controllers. As a trusted partner of the FAA, Harris is lending its expertise to enhance safety and improve efficiency in the nation's airspace.
Air-to-Ground Data Communication: Making Air Traffic Control Modernization Possible
Data Comm will improve aviation safety by reducing errors common in voice communications such as readback/hearback errors, control instructions intended for one aircraft taken by another and transposed call signs.
Data Comm will increase airport efficiencies by providing revised departure clearances at busy hub airports, and it will make airspace safer and flight more efficient through capabilities such as trajectory-based operations, continuous descent approaches and dynamic weather reroutes.
NOTICE: U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC
The current FDC 0/2234 Special Notice (NOTAM) will be replaced in September 2020 with FDC X/XXX Special Notice, this new NOTAM will allow general aviation (GA) and business aviation operators to return to U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC operations after confirmation that their aircraft have met the compatibility requirements set by the Data Comm Recommended and Required Avionics Version List.
Per the FDC X/XXX Special Notice, general aviation (GA) and business aviation operators are required to ensure and verify that their aircrafts avionics configurations match those listed on the Recommended and Required Avionics Version List.
The Recommended and Required Avionics Version List (RAV-E) can be found at the link below:
For an informational guide on how to read and confirm the avionics configurations on the RAV-E, please see the Verification of Avionics Configurations: U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC, which can be found at the link below:
FDC X/XXXX Special Notice
FDC SPECIAL NOTICE. ACFT ARE ONLY AUTHORIZED TO FILE FOR USE OF US DOMESTIC CPDLC SERVICES AFTER COMPATIBILITY HAS BEEN VALIDATED WITH THE DATA COMM RECOMMENDED AVIONICS VERSION LIST. THE RECOMMENDED AVIONICS VERSION LIST IS LOCATED AT L3HARRIS.COM/DATACOMM. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT DCIT@L3HARRIS.COM.
Data Comm Deployment
- Data Comm CPDLC DCL Airport List
- U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC Site Activation Map (updated 05/14/2020)
Data Comm Resources
- Recommended and Required Avionics Version List v1.55 202009011 (En Route)
- Verification of Avionics Configurations Guide: U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC
- U.S. Domestic CPDLC DCL Pilot Guide
- U.S. Domestic CPDLC Flight and Route Planning Guide
- CPDLC Flight Plan Filing Guidance Quick Reference Card
- CPDLC DCL Demonstration Video
- Data Comm En Route CPDLC Operator Check List
- Pilot Handbook - U.S. Domestic En Route Controller Pilot Datalink Communication
- En Route CPDLC Logon Guidance
- CPDLC En Route Quick Reference Card for Pilots (iPad Friendly)
- Demonstration of US Domestic En Route CPDLC for Business Aviation
- Demonstration of US Domestic En Route CPDLC for Commercial Aviation
- NAS Data Communications Guide v9.0 (updated 1/23/2020)
- CPDLC End2End Description v1.6 (updated 1/23/2020)
- DCIT Schedule and Meeting Dates
- Operational Problem Reporting (OPR) Form