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



Integrating IP into ACARS Transmissions

 Photo: Hawiian Airlines The commercial Aircraft Communication, Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) is like the digital heartbeat of the commercially operated air transport airframe. Since the inception of the original ARINC ACARS data link network... Read more

GCA Summit - The Pulse of the Connected Aircraft Ecosystem

  The 2016 Global Connected Aircraft Summit (GCA Summit) proved to be the pulse of the entire connected aircraft ecosystem. A total of 37 expert speakers from seven different In-flight Connectivity (IFC) service providers, seven avionics and aircraft... Read more

Unlocking the Benefits of ADS-B In

  When the FAA mandated Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B Out) for most aircraft by January 2020, there were the predictable complaints from various segments of the aviation community regarding acquisition and installation costs as well... Read more

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