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    New Cockpit Technology at Sea-Tac Airport
    August 2 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is bringing new benefits to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport through a technology called Data Comm. Data Comm revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots by replacing some traditional voice communications with digital information exchanges.
    Voice communication is labor intensive, time consuming and can lead to miscommunications known as “talk back, read back” errors. Data Comm, by contrast, enables streamlined, two-way data exchanges between controllers and flight crews for clearances, instructions, advisories, flight crew requests and reports.
    By exchanging digital messages, air traffic controllers, pilots and airline operations centers can communicate more clearly and efficiently. Better communication improves controller and pilot productivity, improves safety, can reduce flight delays and can help aircraft fly more direct routes, which saves time and fuel while reducing aviation’s impact on the environment. Several U.S. carriers are benefiting from Data Comm capabilities at Seattle, including Alaska Airlines, FedEx, UPS, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines.
    The FAA began testing Data Comm capabilities and benefits in 2014 at Newark and Memphis with UPS, FedEx and United Airlines, as well as select international operators. The FAA started deploying Data Comm in air traffic control towers in the fall of 2015. The technology will be installed in air traffic control facilities that manage high altitude traffic beginning in 2019.
    Data Comm is now operational at the 55 air traffic control towers listed 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 Data Comm at even more airports.
    Albuquerque
    Atlanta
    Austin
    Baltimore-Washington
    Boston
    Burbank
    Charlotte
    Chicago O’Hare
    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)
    For more information, visit http://www.faa.gov/nextgen or follow #FlyNextGen on Social Media.
    Best regards,

    Scott Sherer
    Forum Moderator and Contributing Author
    Cessna Owners Organization
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