“When fully implemented, DataComm will make work
safer and more efficient for both the air
traffic controller and the pilot.”
communication is currently the primary means of
relaying information in air traffic management.
However, voice communication is not the
most effective way for air traffic controllers
and pilots to communicate because it can be
time-consuming and limiting.
DataComm supplements today’s analog
voice-only air-to-ground communications system
with a digital system, and it will become the
primary mode of communication in air traffic in
DataComm will provide a two-way data exchange
between controllers and flight crews for
clearances, instructions, advisories, flight
crew requests and reports. It will enhance air
traffic safety by allowing controllers to give
more timely and effective clearances, and more
reliable messages to reduce the risk of
incidents associated with voice communications.
It will also help air traffic controllers safely
handle more traffic by reducing congestion on
radio frequencies and related errors.
The FAA will deploy data communications in air
traffic control towers by 2016 and in air
traffic facilities that manage high altitude
traffic beginning in 2019. The $331 million
contract covers seven years, with 10 additional
Harris Corporation will also be
responsible for contracting directly with
communication service providers to establish
Data Communications Network Services.