CPDLC mock-ups

Pilot’s and ATCO’s controller-pilot datalink communications mock-ups

Try out the future of aviation communications

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EUROCONTROL has developed simulation tools showing the use of datalink in realistic environments for both: the pilot and the controller (ATCO) sides. These simulators are designed to visualise the way air traffic control and pilot datalink communications are being used today.

The first mock-up draws inspiration from the EUROCONTROL controller-pilot datalink communications Ground Automated Test (CPDLC GAT) tool, while the second one is influenced by MUAC's (Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre) advanced air traffic control methods. Together, these tools represent a leap forward in simulating and understanding the intricate dynamics of air traffic control and pilot communication.

Functionality and benefits

Pilot version

The mock-up simulates the exchange of datalink uplink and downlink messages (Context Management - CM logon and CPDLC messages) via a realistic cockpit interface using the Collins Aerospace CMU-900 equipment.

Controller version

Expanding the scope of simulation, EUROCONTROL has developed a new mock-up inspired by MUAC's innovative approach to air traffic control, focusing on the perspective of the air traffic controller.

Both mock-ups can help anyone who would like to understand how datalink works over a realistic human-machine interface. In particular, the mock-ups can provide additional opportunities for flight crew and operators to get familiar with CPDLC usage.

At the same time, it can also help avionics, air traffic control engineers and ATC controllers to get an insight into both the cockpit and the operations room view of performing datalink.

Access conditions

The CPDLC mock-ups are freely available online. The tools are self-explanatory and require no additional guidance.