A 2015 mandate for controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) in European airspace above 28,500 ft.—Flight Level 285—will represent the most lucrative opportunity in the airline retrofit market in 2013 for avionics makers. Called Link 2000+, the rule calls for the installation of airborne data link systems that can process nearly 100 uplink and downlink messages, most of which are pre-defined text messages for “non-critical” communications. Over a VHF voice link, those ...


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