1M U.S. Flights Use NextGen Data Comm Technology
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 | Comments

U.S. air traffic controllers and pilots have used NextGen Data Communications technology to clear more than 1 million flights, reaching the significant milestone under budget and nearly 2.5 years ahead of schedule.

As part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen air traffic modernization program, Data Comm transformed controller-to-cockpit communications, augmenting traditional voice communications with more agile and efficient digital communications. This streamlines communications between pilots and controllers during airport clearance delivery, a process that can consume several minutes using only voice communications. The digital process not only saves time but also eliminates read-back/hear-back errors between controllers and pilots.

This clearer communications allows the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) to handle more air traffic, reduce flight delays, route aircraft more efficiently and enhance safety, all while reducing operational costs for commercial aviation stakeholders.

Harris provides integration and engineering services as part of the Data Comm Integrated Services (DCIS) contract, including management and delivery of the air-to-ground data communications network that connects FAA air traffic control (ATC) sites and data communications-equipped aircraft. Collaboration between the FAA, airlines and aircraft manufacturers, Data Comm is operational in more than 3,000 aircraft and has been deployed at 55 U.S. airports. The FAA has approved implementing Data Comm at seven additional airports.

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