Air transport communications provider SITAONAIR has been selected by the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) to supply a data link service for the Single European Sky.
Under the regulation, European air navigation service providers (ANSP) and airlines are required to implement Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC).
CPDLC allows pilots and air traffic controllers to communicate with each other through text messages.
The air / ground data link application will facilitate the future European air traffic management (ATM) system defined by the Single European Sky Advanced Research (SESAR) programme.
Advanced next-generation ATM concepts, such as 4D Trajectory, are said to depend on reliable and improved air / ground data links.
ATM programmes in other regions of the world, such as NextGen in the US, will involve similar data link developments.
PANSA acting president Magdalena Jaworska said: "SITAONAIR is providing us an end-to-end service from the aircraft antenna to the interface with the ground air traffic control systems, ensuring consistent and integrated services."
Under the terms of the deal, SITAONAIR will deliver an air / ground data link communication service to facilitate CPDLC in PANSA’s upper airspace.
It will use VHF Data Link Mode 2 (VDLm2) and aeronautical telecommunication network (ATN) technology, as decreed by the European regulation.
The company will also install six VHF ground stations and an ATN routing service.
SITAONAIR Air Traffic Solutions director Francois Bardin said: "PANSA is a key agency in Europe, managing a strategic airspace at the hinge between Western and Eastern Europe.
"SITAONAIR will provide the ATN / VDLm2 data link communication service to PANSA and contribute to its successful implementation of CPDLC in Polish airspace.
"With the addition of PANSA more than 80% of Europe’s ATN data link services are now supplied by SITA."
Image: CPDLC enables pilots and air traffic controllers to communicate with each other through text messages. Photo: courtesy of SITAONAIR.