NextGen Data Comm Facilitates Digital DCL

FAA NextGen Data Communications air traffic control En Route simulators. Photo courtesy of the FAA. A critical part of the FAA’s Next Generation Airspace Modernization (NextGen) initiative, the Data Communications (Data Comm) program, is currently making inroads toward its five-year plan of enabling initial Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) services. Data Comm technology enables text-format Departure Clearance (DCL) and other communications between controllers and the cockpit... Read more

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Event Discussions Will Offer Pointers for the Road Ahead

First, I would like to thank any of the Avionics audience who came to our 2016 Global Connected Aircraft Summit in Hollywood in June. The third iteration of this event was a highly successful one, in which sessions, panels and discussions highlighted both the... Read more


New Test Systems Look to Match Market Growth

  The current aircraft test equipment market is huge and only growing, spurred by the industry’s need to replace test equipment that is quickly becoming obsolete, but also by the need for new equipment to satisfy the requirements of novel... Read more



Avionics for Progress-Gen

In September, we hosted our fifth-annual Avionics for NextGen conference, which provided in-depth examples of major progress with the deployment phases of the world’s two largest Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) Air Traffic Management... Read more

Capitalizing on the Advent of Cockpit

With Wi-Fi in the passenger cabin now commonplace for today’s traveling public, the cockpit represents the next major aircraft domain for IP connectivity to make its mark. From real-time weather updates to flight planning and predictive maintenance, the... Read more

Coming Off the Production Line: Is Your Aircraft’s GPS Receiver Accurate Enough for ADS-B?

Among the many initiatives of its NextGen air traffic modernization program, the FAA is transitioning away from the traditional reliance on radar surveillance in restricted airspace toward primary Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)... Read more

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