Data Comm Overview
The FAA's NextGen Data Comm program allows 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 with the FAA, L3Harris 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 improves 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. It increases airport efficiencies by providing revised departure clearances at busy hub airports, and it makes airspace safer and flight more efficient through capabilities such as trajectory-based operations, continuous descent approaches and dynamic weather reroutes.
US Domestic En Route CPDLC
U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC Avionics
Operators are requested to check their aircraft configurations against the documents below to participate in U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC.
For aircraft configurations not listed, operators are requested to temporarily stop filing as eligible for En Route CPDLC, contact their equipment manufacturer to work with the FAA and L3Harris, and evaluate operational performance of their aircraft configuration.
- US Domestic En Route CPDLC Participation Form v1.4 20231127
- Verification of Avionics Configurations Guide: U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC
- US Domestic En Route CPDLC Site Activation Map (updated 11/27/2023)
U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC Guides
- En Route Quick Reference Guide
- US Domestic CPDLC Flight and Route Planning Guide
- En Route CPDLC Logon Guidance
- Data Comm En Route CPDLC Operator Check List
- Pilot Handbook - U.S. Domestic En Route Controller Pilot Datalink Communication (updated 10/27/2023)
- Automated Blocked List Overview
- US Domestic En Route CPDLC Tips (Do's / Don'ts)
En Route Demonstration Videos
- Demonstration of US Domestic En Route CPDLC for Business Aviation
- Demonstration of US Domestic En Route CPDLC for Commercial Aviation
- NAS Data Communications Guide v14.0 (updated 10/27/2023)
- CPDLC End2End Description v2.2 (updated 10/27/2023)
- FAA AC 90-117 Data Link Communications Document
- FAA Flight Operations Group for Data Communications (AFS-410)
Please use this form for reporting an issue with CPDLC DCL or En Route
General and Business Aviation US Domestic En Route CPDLC
The FAA has announced a new process for en route CPDLC participation beginning in Fall 2023. Visit the FAA Data Comm website and InFO 23008 for more details.
Participation in U.S. Domestic En Route CPDLC is currently limited by NOTAM:
!FDC 3/5163 FDC ..AIRSPACE SPECIAL NOTICE..GA AND BUSINESS AVIATION ACFT ARE PROHIBITED FM USING EN ROUTE CPDLC EXC APPROVED TRIAL PARTICIPANTS. CPDLC DEP CLR OPS ARE STILL PERMITTED. ALL GA AND BUSINESS ACFT, EXC TRIAL PARTICIPANTS, MUST MODIFY FLT PLAN FIELD 18 DATA CODE TO REMOVE EN ROUTE CPDLC IMMEDIATELY. FURTHER INFO CTC DCIT@L3HARRIS.COM
US CPDLC DCL (Departure Clearance)
Controller Pilot Data Link Communications Departure Clearances help reduce delays and improve safety at 65 airports across the NAS
The DCIT is the Data Comm Implementation Team, a working group of operators, OEMS, industry partners, the FAA and L3Harris that drive the purpose and expectations of the Data Comm program.