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New datalink service for Indonesian airspace

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 8, 2013

Aircraft flying into Indonesian airspace will soon benefit from enhanced air-to-ground communications with a new seamless air-to-ground data link service from air transport communications specialist SITA.

Flight crews and controllers in the Jakarta Flight Information Region (FIR) will soon use the new technology, which replaces voice services, to exchange Air Traffic Control-related messages. This will include enroute services such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS) and Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) services.

The system, supplied by communications company SITA, will soon start operational trials once controller training has been completed.

SITA’s Katrina Korzenowski, head of aircraft services for the Asia Pacific region, said: “Over the last five years, the Indonesian domestic market for air travel has nearly doubled as airlines have expanded and low cost airlines have started up. With growth in Indonesia and throughout the Asia Pacific region, voice communication will become increasingly congested. That’s why the new data link services are so important.  SITA remains committed to supporting ATC data link implementation worldwide and to delivering improved services to both our airlines and ANSPs.”

SITA operates a global network of more than 1,200 VHF ground stations worldwide. The SITA AIRCOM data link supports more than 180 airlines with more than 8,500 individual aircraft in routine airline operation. More than 1,200 customer aircraft use advanced FANS avionics, enabling pilots to use data link instead of voice for communications with air traffic control.

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