Controller-Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC)
Updated:03:57 PM September 06, 2013
The Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) system reduces the number of air traffic controller voice messages by sending electronic messages that are displayed on a computer screen in the cockpit. The CPDLC program worked with our lab to prototype a human computer interface of the Build 1A version of the CPDLC system. To evaluate the CPDLC Build 1A interface, our lab created connectivity between our air traffic control simulator and a CPDLC emulator. The connection between our high fidelity air traffic control simulator made our lab the first place to have a Build 1A interface that could be evaluated with simulated traffic.
We subsequently used the CPDLC Build 1A interface to determine how collocation of this tool with other automation tools might affect the way air traffic controllers perform their tasks.