Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) is a text-based air-to-ground data link system. An aircraft equipped with CPDLC provides the flight crew and the controller the ability to communicate directly without using general broadcast. As a result, this system greatly the number of communication errors between both parties, while simultaneously increasing overall flight safety.

As of February 5, 2020, the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) mandates that most aircraft above FL285 operating within European airspace are required to be equipped with CPDLC. However, EASA has deemed some aircraft permanently exempt; as well as, offering other aircraft types extensions until February 5, 2020.

Permanently Exempt Aircraft

Aircraft in Annex I

Aircraft in Annex II with a CofA issued before February 5, 2020

Aircraft with Extended Deadline (Feb. 5, 2022)

Aircraft in Annex I with CofA issued after February 5, 2020

Aircraft in Annex III

Global is the owner of FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST04417CH for the upgrade of Controler Pilot Data Link Communications.

For more information regarding Global’s Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) solutions or any of the other services please contact our team at or submit a request for proposal here!

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