|Photo: Korea Airport Corp.|
[Avionics Today 12-17-2015] Rockwell Collins has implemented an Air-to-Ground (ATG) aviation communications network for Korea Airports Corporation (KAC), the service provider for airline and civil aviation communications in South Korea.
The new network leverages the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) to support Airline Operational Control (AOC) and Air Traffic Control (ATC) applications such as Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) and Digital Automatic Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS). Rockwell Collins claims the Very High Frequency (VHF) Digital Link Mode 2 (VDL Mode 2)-capable network is 10 times faster than existing VHF systems.
South Korea, like many other countries, is preparing for the transition from voice to data communications, which is a major component of a number of airspace initiatives around the globe, including the U.S. FAA’s Next Generation Air Transport System (NextGen) initiative.