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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 $10 billion

The amount Data Comm is expected to save operators over the 30-year life cycle


Estimated FAA cost savings over the 30-year life cycle


Data Comm messages transmitted per week


Aircraft equipped as of December 2018


FAA equipage goal by 2019


Airports with Data Comm tower service


Number of en route centers to receive Data Comm by the end of 2019

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