In this activity, you will analyze and study the subject presented and compose a written response addressing the questions posed. The response should involve research of the subject identified below. You will use a WordÂ® template to replace the content with your responses while preserving the outline format. You will also practice the first few stages of essay writing which includes organizing ideas into main topics and subtopics in outline format. The final deliverable for this assignment is an outline of an essay in development. You will not turn in a completed essay, just the outline. Prior to starting, read the entire assignment below.
- Save this Essay Template to your computer. Open the file and read the document. You will use this document for this activity.
- Next, review the materials and content below. As you do, take notes of main ideas and supporting points on a piece of paper.
- When ready to begin the outline in Word, enter information such as the title, your name, etc. onto the cover page and header of page 2, etc. Ensure the name of your essay appears in all capitals within the page header.
Computer Input-Output Technologies that Link Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers
Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Eurocontrol (Europeâ€™s FAA) actively research, experiment with and deploy technologies in order to create a safer and more efficient airspace system.
An example is Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), which in addition to the existing radio, creates a second channel for communication between pilots and air traffic controllers (ATC). Instead of keying the radio, ATC and pilots type instructions and requests and send via text messaging. This reduces ATC workload and frees up the radio channels for important communications.
Figure 1 illustrates The Datalink Control and Display Unit (DCDU) on an Airbus A330, the pilot interface for CPDLC messages. Source Wikimedia (Links to an external site.).
Case Study Resources
The following are resources to help you with your Case Study paper.
- Data Communications (FAA.gov) (Links to an external site.)
- Crew caution advised over latent CPDLC message risk (Flight Global) (Links to an external site.)
- Pilot text messages are saving you from flight delays (CNET) (Links to an external site.)
- CPDLC General Safety Considerations (SKYbrary) (Links to an external site.)
- What is CPDLC? (YouTube – 2:08)
Case Study Question
What are some of the current issues or risks facing the deployment of controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) in the United States?