FAA and industry officials yesterday announced the launch of an ambitious program that, if successful initially, will make American the first airline to use controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) en route - by mid-2002 at Miami Airport. In subsequent phases, the technology will spread to other user groups nationwide for airport and oceanic applications. Robert Baker, executive VP-operations for American, told a packed auditorium at FAA that the program's launch made yesterday ...

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