Posted on: 24 July 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Pilots are now able to enjoy access to key operational information for 73 US airports through digital Automatic Terminal Information Service (d-ATIS) and Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) services from SITA OnAir.
“d-ATIS and PDC data is essential for pilots," explained Francois Rodriguez, chief strategy and marketing officer of SITA OnAir. "They provide real-time information including weather at the airport, active runways, available approaches and NOTAMs.”
The decision by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to open access removes a technical stumbling block. Overcoming the limitations of the FAA Tower Data Link Services (TDLS) system, which supports US PDC and d-ATIS, will allow SITA OnAir and others to extend the provision of relevant information directly to pilots’ ACARS display terminals or Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) for those flying to and from airports across the US.
Turkish Airlines is one of four SITA OnAir customers to have tested the US d-ATIS service over the past two months.
“Our airline customers can now access d-ATIS and PDC information for most countries across the world from the same provider, delivering both efficiency and simplicity. We will continue to work with the few countries for which equal access is not yet enabled to ensure we can provide the most comprehensive service to our customers”, concluded Rodriguez.