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.
Data Comm Deployment
- Data Comm CPDLC DCL Deployment Schedule
- US Domestic En Route CPDLC Site Activation Map (updated 04/17/2019)
Data Comm Resources
- U.S. Domestic CPDLC DCL Pilot Guide
- Pilot Handbook - U.S. Domestic En Route Controller Pilot Datalink Communication
- DCIT Schedule and Meeting Dates
- Frequently Asked Questions
- CPDLC DCL Demonstration Video
- CPDLC Quick Reference Card for pilots (iPad Friendly)
- Operational Problem Reporting (OPR) Form
- Recommended Avionics Versions (updated 11/5/2018)
- U.S. Domestic CPDLC Flight and Route Planning Guide
- NAS Data Communications Guide v5.0 (updated 11/8/2018)
- CPDLC End2End Description v1.2 (updated 11/8/2018)