Posted on: 13 April 2016 by Mark Howells
The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) has chosen SITAONAIR to provide the data link service required to comply with the EU Data Link Regulations for the Single European Sky.
The regulation mandates that European air navigation service providers and airlines implement Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC), which enables the exchange of text messages between pilots and air traffic controllers, supplementing voice with a more reliable datalink.
Under the agreement, SITAONAIR will provide the air/ground data link communication service to enable CPDLC service in PANSA’s upper airspace. It will use VHF Data Link Mode 2 (VDLm2) and Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN) technology as mandated by the European regulation. The infrastructure includes the deployment of six VHF ground stations and the ATN routing service.
Magdalena Jaworska, PANSA’s acting president, commented, “PANSA is undertaking an ambitious data link program to fulfil its obligations under the European Mandate for CPDLC. We selected SITAONAIR to provide the air/ground communications service required to support CPDLC because of its well-established track of ATN and VDLm2 service provision throughout Europe. SITAONAIR is providing us an end-to-end service from the aircraft antenna to the interface with the ground air traffic control systems, ensuring consistent and integrated services.”
François Bardin, director of air traffic solutions for SITAONAIR, remarked, “PANSA is a key agency in Europe, managing a strategic airspace at the hinge between Western and Eastern Europe. SITAONAIR will provide the ATN/VDLm2 data link communication service to PANSA and contribute to its successful implementation of CPDLC in Polish airspace. With the addition of PANSA more than 80% of Europe’s ATN data link services are now supplied by SITA.”