Data Comm Now at Minneapolis-St. Paul

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https://twitter.com/FAANews/status/851833333369753601 *Data Comm Now at Minneapolis - St. Paul*

April 11 DataComm https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/update/progress_and_plans/data_comm/, theNextGentechnology thatenhances safety and reduces delays by improving the way air traffic controllers and pilots talk to each other, is now live at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The new technology supplements radio voice communication, enabling controllers and pilots to transmit important information such as clearances, revised flight plans and advisories with the touch of a button.

Today, members of the media toured the Minneapolis-St. Paul air traffic control tower* *and a Delta Airlines jet to see Data Comm in action. Representatives from the FAA, Delta Airlines, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists were on hand.

Inside the tower, controllers enter flight departure clearance instructions into a computer and push a button to electronically send the information to an aircrafts flight deck. Flight crews read the information, press a button to confirm receipt, and press another button to enter the instructions into the aircrafts flight management system.

This process saves valuable time.For instance, when planes are awaiting take-off, controllers must use a two-way radio to issue instructions. Pilots must read those instructions back, and if there is an error, they must repeat the instructions until they are correct. This process can eat up valuable time, and even a short departure clearance can take two to three times longer than one communicated via Data Comm.

This benefit becomes even more pronounced during Minnesotas long winters and summer thunderstorms, when Data Comm enables equipped aircraft to take off before approaching weather closes the departure window, while aircraft relying solely on voice communications remain stuck on the ground waiting for the storm to pass.

Data Comm is expected to save operators more than $10 billion over the 30-year life cycle of the program and save the FAAabout $1 billion in future operating costs.

The first Data Comm-equipped airports Salt Lake City and Houstons George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby * *received tower departure clearance services eight months ahead of schedule in August 2015.

DataCommis nowoperationalat the 55 air traffic control towerslisted below. Its rollout is under budget and more than two-and-a-half years ahead of schedule.That budget savings will enable the FAA to deploy DataCommat even more airports.

Albuquerque Atlanta Austin Baltimore-Washington Boston Burbank Charlotte Chicago OHare Chicago Midway Cleveland Dallas-Ft. Worth Dallas Love Denver Detroit Fort Lauderdale Houston Bush Houston Hobby Indianapolis Kansas City Las Vegas Los Angeles Louisville* * Memphis Miami Minneapolis-St. Paul Milwaukee Nashville Newark New Orleans New York John F. Kennedy New York LaGuardia Oakland Ontario Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland Raleigh-Durham Sacramento San Juan St. Louis Salt Lake City San Antonio San Diego San Francisco San Jose Santa Ana Seattle Tampa Teterboro Washington Dulles Washington Reagan Westchester County Windsor Locks (Bradley)

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