A U.S. government and industry program to demonstrate the benefits of data link communications (datacomm) for pre-departure clearances could be hampered by a 2010 equipment mandate that requires flight data recorders in new aircraft to capture datalink messages. The issue centers on 1,900 aircraft that the Harris Corporation expects to equip for datacomm by 2017 as part of the FAA’s data communications integrated services contract, for which Harris is the prime contractor. The contract ...
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