FALCON 900 compliance with Air Ground ATN VDL2 Data Link (AIR)


Nov. '18CompletedMar. '24

Implementing Partners

Spanish Air Force
Leader: Spanish Air Force


This Implementation Project(IP) is of high priority for Spanish Air Force (ESAF) Governmental/White Fleet/Very Important Persons/Evacuations fleet. As the Falcon900 (F900) fleet flies predominantly General Air Traffic (GAT), including the 25 identified Terminal Manoeuvering Areas (TMAs) and airports, full compliance with applicable ATM Functionality (AF) 6 specifications will alleviate capacity constraints that would result from handling based on exemption.

Upgrade of the Flight Management System (FMS) and Global Positioning System (OPS) will already be performed by the start of the Project as prereqms1tes ("2016_077_AFl _ES_FALCON 900 compliance with RNP 1 and RNP APCH"). The Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) solution will be in line with the Datalink Strategy developed by the SESAR Deployment Manager (SOM), in turn, is one of the elements that crucially contributes to the increase in capacity and safety.

The aim of this project is to enable ESAF Falcon 9008 aircraft with required capabilities to operate within the European Air Traffic Management Network, including Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN) VHF Data Link (VDL)-2 that will enable CPDLC and 4D Trajectory Management (i4D). More specifically, it will be used to enable ATNB1 and ATNB2 services. Trajectory data will be automatically downlinked from the air-borne system according to contract terms. Then target times (Target Time Over (TTO)/Target Time of Arrival (TTA)) will be used as inputs to Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (TFCM) constraints and for arrival sequencing.

In addition, the IP will ensure that these avionics will be upgraded, if necessary, to comply with the upcoming Revision C of Eurocae Document (ED)-92 which is currently under development to reflect ELSA's (Enhanced Large Scale ATN deployment) "best in class" testing.

Countries involved

Additional Information

  • CEF Call Year: 2016
  • Civil/Military: Military
  • Multistakeholder: No
  • Main AF: AF6 - Initial trajectory information sharing
  • Sub AF: S-AF 6.1 - Initial Trajectory Information Sharing
  • Progress Percentage: 100%