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Airport List Grows for CPDLC DCL Operations

Sep 21, 2017
Stacy Honda, Marketing Manager

The list of FAA Data Comm and Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) Departure Clearance (DCL) operational airports is growing. The following U.S. airports recently made the list:

  • KRSW - Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers, Florida)
  • KCMH - John Glenn Columbus International Airport (Columbus, Ohio)
  • KCHS - Charleston Air Force Base/International Airport (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • KADW - Joint Base Andrews (Camp Springs, Maryland)
  • KBUF - Buffalo Niagara International Airport (Buffalo, New York)
  • KRNO - Reno-Tahoe International Airport (Reno, Nevada)
  • KVNY - Van Nuys Airport (Van Nuys, California)

CPDLC DCL allows Air Traffic Control (ATC) to approve or send departure clearances through digital communications, rather than voice communications. The digital communications procedure is much more efficient and clear than voice DCL acceptance or revision requests.

A key advantage of being equipped with CPDLC DCL is the opportunity for ATC to provide alternate taxiways in order to move ahead of other aircraft when weather is moving into the area. Aircraft without DCL could be caught in the "back of the line," increasing departure times and late arrivals. The environment is truly developing into a "best equipped, best served" philosophy. Domestic operators who frequent busy airports that offer CPDLC DCL service will benefit the most.

With Universal Avionics' Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ and CPDLC solution, operators can take advantage of yet another fuel and time savings operation by utilizing the CPDLC DCL procedures.

Learn more here about Data Comm and CPDLC DCL and find a full list of operational airports.

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