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FAA to Resume En Route CPDLC for Business Jets

FAA to Resume En Route CPDLC for Business Jets

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to resume the en route Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) for business and general aviation after the service was suspended last year.

The plan unveiled at FAA’s Data Communications Implementation Team meeting will allow about 1,000 business jets to use the service by August 31, 2023. New business, general aviation, and Part 135 aircraft are also allowed to use CPDLC if there are no avionics issues.

The FAA issued a Notam in October 2022 that restricted business and general aviation aircraft from using en route CPDLC. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have been pushing for the restoration of en route CPDLC, citing its benefits of reducing taxi delays and improving understanding of air traffic control clearances.

En Route CPDLC is a service that allows pilots and air traffic controllers to communicate via text messages. The channel can reduce radio congestion and improve communication clarity.

Business aircraft operators use CPDLC-DCL (departure clearance) while flying, and many have welcomed the possible expansion of this capability across the U.S. and other sectors of aviation.

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