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Data Communications

Data Comm (1:19)

At a Glance

  • Tower services are operational and yielding benefits at airports across the country.
  • Initial en route services are scheduled to be in place across the country by 2020.
  • Full en route services build upon initial services and are scheduled to be completed in 2023.
  • Data Communications supplements voice communication between controllers and pilots with digital text-based messages.

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Facts and Figures

More than

15,000 hours

of delay avoided through improved reroutes around weather and congestion


25,000 hours

of communication time saved

2018 Average Delay: 16.6 minutes

No increase from 2017 despite an increase in bad weather and traffic

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