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The Communication Roadmap presents an Executive View (EV) of the current communication systems supporting the National Airspace System and their enhancement, sustainment or replacement through major development programs and support activities. The Communication Roadmap is intended to convey the major communication program strategy and acquisition decision points as well as program funding. The roadmap serves as a summary view of more detailed plans within each development program.

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Showing 1-8 of 8 Support Activities

Support Activities
ID Support Activity  Sort Ascending Support Type Description Start Date End Date
30 AeroMACS Research R&D to develop a 802.16e based Metropolitan Area Network for use in an airport environment to accommodate mobile (primarily) & Fixed Users. 2011 Q4 2015 Q2
210 ED-137: Interoperability Standards for VoIP ATM Components, Telephone, and Radio Standards Development The group is developing VoIP Standards which are intended to feed into NEXCOM 2010 Q1 2017 Q2
588 En Route Tower Trials Demonstration En Route trials for Transfer of Communications, Initial Check-in, Airborne Re-Routes, Altimeter Settings, and Altitudes Services (Segment 1 Phase 2)  to be hosted at an En-Route facility (location not yet identified).  Much like the Tower trials, the En Route trials will utilize currently equipped FANS aircraft via partner airlines, and the VDL Mode 2 network for air  ground data link communications. 2013 Q4 2017 Q4
721 IPv6 NAS Enhancements Unknown Description pending 2015 Q1 2018 Q4
403 RTCA 214 AirTraffic Data Communications Standards Standards Development SC-214 is established at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration to develop standards to define the safety performance and interoperability requirements for Air Traffic Services (ATS) supported by data communications.  CAASD will engage with Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) VDL-2 standards activities to ensure VHF Data Link Mode 2 (VDL-2) standards are mature for data comm implementation. 2009 Q1 2013 Q3
282 RTCA 802.16e Aviation Standard Development Standards Development Communication Standard for Mobile User (primary use) and Fixed User Metropolitan Area Network. 2010 Q1 2012 Q4
285 RTCA/EUROCAE Far-Term Data Communications Standards Standards Development Standard for high bandwidth A/G data communications. 2014 Q1 2019 Q2
568 Tower Trials x3 Demonstration Tower trials for Departure Clearence and Amendments Services (Segment 1 Phase 1) to be hosted at 3 Tower Facilities currently identified to be a) Memphis Tower, b) Atlanta Tower, and c) Newark Tower.  Trials will utilize currently equipped FANS aircraft via partner airlines, and the VDL Mode 2 network for air / ground data link communications. 2011 Q4 2015 Q1
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