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NextGen Priorities – Data Communications

The Data Communications (Data Comm) program will provide data communications services between pilots and air traffic controllers as well as enhanced air traffic control information to airline operations centers. Data Comm will provide a direct link between ground automation and flight deck avionics for safety-of-flight clearances, instructions, traffic flow management, flight crew requests and reports. Data Comm is critical to the success of NextGen, enabling efficiencies not possible with the current voice system. These services will enhance safety by reducing communication errors, increase controller productivity by reducing communication time between controllers and pilots, and increase airspace capacity and efficiency while reducing delays, fuel burn and carbon emissions.

Joint Analysis Team Findings

The Joint Analysis Team (JAT) evaluated the impacts of Data Communications implementation. Full details on methodology and findings can be found in the Joint Analysis Team: Performance Assessment of Boston/Gary Optimal Profile Descents and DataComm (PDF).

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Schedule and Stats

List of capabilities and their implementation status

NOTE: The site milestones in the table below represent accelerated challenge dates which are ahead of the baseline milestones for the program.

Key Sites
Site Name Site ID ARTCC ID IOC (CY) Status
KS 1: Salt Lake City SLC ZLC Q3 2015
×

Reason for date change at KS 1: Salt Lake City: Data Comm content in ERAM build delayed as ERAM Baseline finishes its deployment. Also addressing critical software PTR fixes.

Q2 2015
Baseline date

Q3 2015
Revised date

Implemented
KS 2: Houston Intcl IAH ZHU Q3 2015 Implemented
KS 3: Houston Hobby HOU ZHU Q3 2015 Implemented
Key Sites
Site Name Site ID ARTCC ID IOC (CY) Status
New Orleans MSY ZHU Q1 2016 Implemented
Austin AUS ZHU Q1 2016 Implemented
San Antonio SAT ZHU Q1 2016 Implemented
Los Angeles LAX ZLA Q1 2016 Implemented
Las Vegas LAS ZLA Q1 2016 Implemented
San Diego SAN ZLA Q2 2016 Implemented
John Wayne SNA ZLA Q2 2016 Implemented
Burbank BUR ZLA Q2 2016 Implemented
Ontario ONT ZLA Q2 2016 Implemented
San Francisco SFO ZOA Q2 2016 Implemented
Oakland OAK ZOA Q2 2016 Implemented
San Jose SJC ZOA Q3 2016 Implemented
Sacramento SMF ZOA Q3 2016 Implemented
Phoenix PHX ZAB Q3 2016 Implemented
Albuquerque ABQ ZAB Q3 2016 Implemented
Portland PDX ZSE Q3 2016 Implemented
Seattle SEA ZSE Q3 2016 Implemented
Dallas Love DAL ZFW Q4 2016 Implemented
Dallas FTW (x2) DFW ZFW Q4 2016 Implemented
Key Sites
Site Name Site ID ARTCC ID IOC (CY) Status
Louisville SDF ZID Q1 2016 Implemented
Indianapolis IND ZID Q1 2016 Implemented
Memphis MEM ZME Q1 2016 Implemented
Nashville BNA ZME Q2 2016 Implemented
Denver DEN ZDV Q2 2016 Implemented
Atlanta ATL ZTL Q2 2016 Implemented
Charlotte CLT ZTL Q2 2016 Implemented
Orlando MCO ZJX Q2 2016 Implemented
Miami MIA ZMA Q3 2016 Implemented
Fort Lauderdale FLL ZMA Q3 2016 Implemented
Tampa TPA ZMA Q3 2016 Implemented
St. Louis STL ZKC Q3 2016 Implemented
San Juan SJU ZMA Q4 2016 Implemented
Kansas City MCI ZKC Q4 2016 Implemented
Minn-St. Paul MSP ZMP Q4 2016 Implemented
Key Sites
Site Name Site ID ARTCC ID IOC (CY) Status
Newark EWR ZNY Q1 2016 Implemented
J F Kennedy JFK ZNY Q1 2016 Implemented
LaGuardia LGA ZNY Q1 2016 Implemented
Teterboro TEB ZNY Q1 2016 Implemented
Westchester HPN ZNY Q2 2016 Implemented
Philadelphia PHL ZNY Q2 2016 Implemented
Boston BOS ZBW Q2 2016 Implemented
Bradley BDL ZBW Q2 2016 Implemented
Detroit DTW ZOB Q2 2016 Implemented
Cleveland CLE ZOB Q3 2016 Implemented
Pittsburgh PIT ZOB Q3 2016 Implemented
Balt/Wash BWI ZDC Q3 2016 Implemented
Dulles IAD ZDC Q3 2016 Implemented
Reagan DCA ZDC Q3 2016 Implemented
Raleigh/Durham RDU ZDC Q4 2016 Implemented
Chicago Midway MDW ZAU Q4 2016 Implemented
Chicago O'Hare ORD ZAU Q4 2016 Implemented
Milwaukee MKE ZAU Q4 2016 Implemented
Key Sites
Site Name Site ID ARTCC ID IOC (CY) Status
Joint Base Andrews ADW ZDC Q4 2017
×

Reason for date change at Joint Base Andrews: Completed prior to commitment date

Q4 2017
Revised date

Q3 2019
Baseline date

Implemented
Reno RNO ZOA Q1 2018
×

Reason for date change at Reno: Completed prior to commitment date

Q1 2018
Revised date

Q3 2019
Baseline date

Implemented
Columbus CMH ZID Q2 2018
×

Reason for date change at Columbus: Completed prior to commitment date

Q2 2018
Revised date

Q3 2019
Baseline date

Implemented
Fort Myers RSW ZMA Q2 2018
×

Reason for date change at Fort Myers: Completed prior to commitment date

Q2 2018
Revised date

Q3 2019
Baseline date

Implemented
Charleston CHS ZJX Q2 2018
×

Reason for date change at Charleston: Completed prior to commitment date

Q2 2018
Revised date

Q3 2019
Baseline date

Implemented
Buffalo BUF ZOB Q2 2018
×

Reason for date change at Buffalo: Completed prior to commitment date

Q2 2018
Revised date

Q3 2019
Baseline date

Implemented
Van Nuys VNY ZLA Q3 2018
×

Reason for date change at Van Nuys: Completed prior to commitment date

Q3 2018
Revised date

Q3 2019
Baseline date

Implemented

Implementation Commitment

Implementation Commitment
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Baselines-Segment 1 Phase 1 Tower Services and Segment 1 Phase 2 En Route Initial Services Implemented
  • DAL
  • DFW
  • MCI
  • MDW
  • MKE
  • MSP
  • ORD
  • RDU
  • SJU
  • STL
Implemented
  • ADW
    ×

    Reason for date change at ADW: Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2017 Revised date

    Q3 2019 Baseline date

Implemented
  • RNO
    ×

    Reason for date change at RNO: Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q1 2018 Revised date

    Q3 2019 Baseline date

Implemented
  • BUF
    ×

    Reason for date change at BUF: Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q2 2018 Revised date

    Q3 2019 Baseline date

  • CHS
    ×

    Reason for date change at CHS: Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q2 2018 Revised date

    Q3 2019 Baseline date

  • CMH
    ×

    Reason for date change at CMH: Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q2 2018 Revised date

    Q3 2019 Baseline date

  • RSW
    ×

    Reason for date change at RSW: Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q2 2018 Revised date

    Q3 2019 Baseline date

Implemented
  • VNY
    ×

    Reason for date change at VNY: Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q3 2018 Revised date

    Q3 2019 Baseline date

Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for Initial En Route Services at first Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) On track
Refer to the following text: Implemented Refer to the following text: On track Refer to the following text: New/Revised Refer to the following text: Delayed Refer to the following text: Dependent Refer to the following text: Removed

All dates are in calendar years.

Pre-Implementation Commitment

Pre-Implementation Commitment
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Extend Departure Clearance Operational Trials Implemented
  • EWR
  • MEM
Final Investment Decision (FID) for En Route Services Implemented
  • INITIAL
    SERVICES
Implemented
  • FULL
    SERVICES
    ×

    Reason for date change at FULL
    SERVICES
    : Due to budget uncertainty the FID approval for Full Services is delayed until Q3 2016.

    date change behind schedule

    Q4 2015 Baseline date

    Q3 2016 Revised date

Implementation Framework for non-VHF Digital Link (VDL) Mode 2 Media Implemented
  • Q4-2016
    ×

    Reason for date change at Q4-2016: Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2016 Revised date

    Q1 2017 Baseline date

Refer to the following text: Implemented Refer to the following text: On track Refer to the following text: New/Revised Refer to the following text: Delayed Refer to the following text: Dependent Refer to the following text: Removed

All dates are in calendar years.

Industry Commitments

Industry Commitments
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Airlines to Equip 1,900 Aircraft Implemented
  • Q3 2018
    ×

    Reason for date change at : Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q3 2018 Revised date

    Q4 2019 Baseline date

Assessment of Boeing 737 Flight Management Computer Issue Implemented
Implementation Framework for non-VHF Digital Link (VDL) Mode 2 Media Implemented
  • Q4-2016
    ×

    Reason for date change at Q4-2016: Completed prior to commitment date

    date change ahead of schedule

    Q4 2016 Revised date

    Q1 2017 Baseline date

Industry Recommendation on Recorder Rule for Retrofit Implemented
Refer to the following text: Implemented Refer to the following text: On track Refer to the following text: New/Revised Refer to the following text: Delayed Refer to the following text: Dependent Refer to the following text: Removed

All dates are in calendar years.

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