FAA Data Comm Service

FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is a modernization of America’s air transportation system to make flying safer, more efficient, and more predictable. The FAA’s Data Comm program is a part of this modernization program and will use data link communications technology to complement traditional voice communications between a flight crew and air traffic controllers. Use of the FAA Data Comm system is intended to improve communications by replacing traditional voice commands with text based messages and by reducing delays by allowing for improved rerouting capability when faced with weather events and congested airspace.

The FAA Data Comm Service requires:

Departure Clearance

Quickly depart at busy airports, reduce your workload and mitigate delivery/read back errors by registering to use the U.S. FAA Data Comm service from FltPlan.com and Garmin. Controller Pilot Data Link Communication-Departure Clearance (CPDLC-DCL) automates Clearance Delivery operations at just over 60 of the U.S.' busiest airports. FAA Data Comm enables wireless receipt and ability to automatically load the route of the departure clearance into the integrated flight deck.

At select airports where DCL service is unavailable, our Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) service sends your clearance via text message (SMS) or email to a portable electronic device (PED) like a cell phone or tablet. Pre-Departure Clearances are included in the FAA Data Comm subscription at no additional charge.

En Route Services

En Route CPDLC enables the ability to exchange messages with U.S. domestic Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC) and is expected to become widely available soon.

En Route Services include1:

  • Transfer of communications [from voice communications]
  • Initial check-in
  • Altimeter settings
  • Altitudes
  • Speed2
  • Cross restrictions2
  • Airborne reroutes/go button
  • Controller initiated reroutes2
  • Direct-to-fix2

1Limits apply based on the active rollout to each ARTCC, reference the Harris website below for more information.
2Services are limited, reference AC 90-117 Section 2.19.1 for more information.

Register for FAA Data Comm Service

U.S. FAA Data Comm service is available for $499 per aircraft per year for:

Aircraft Flight Deck GDU SW Version Enablement Radio
Cessna Citation CJ3+ G3000 v20.90 or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66
Cessna Citation Excel G5000 v21.17 or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66
Cessna Citation M2 G3000 v20.90 or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66
Cessna Citation XLS G5000 v21.17 or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66
Daher TBM 940 G3000 v21.60 or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66
Daher TBM 960 G3000 v32.01.10 or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66
Embraer Phenom 1001 G3000 v21.17 (SW23) or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66
Embraer Phenom 3001 G3000 v21.17 (SW23) or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66
HondaJet Elite G3000 v31.11 or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66
Textron Beechjet 400A G5000 v20.94 or later FAA Data Comm GDR 66

Additional Garmin equipped airframes will be added to this page as they are certified and available to subscribe to this service.

1For aircraft delivered after November 2019.

For technical support, please contact 866-739-5687.

Interested in using the FAA Datacomm service but have questions? Please call 1-800-FLT-PLAN or email [email protected]
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Eligible Airports

Airports eligible for DCL service include:
(Triangle indicates DCL. All are PDC eligible unless indicated by .)

ADW Andrews AFB LIT Little Rock Adams Field
ANC Anchorage International MCI Kansas City International
ABQ Albuquerque International MCO Orlando International
ALB Albany International MDW Chicago Midway
ATL Atlanta Hartsfield International MEM Memphis International
AUS Austin-Bergstrom International MIA Miami International
BDL Windsor Locks Bradley International MKE Milwaukee Mitchell International
BNA Nashville International MSP Minneapolis Saint Paul International
BOI Boise Air Terminal MSY New Orleans International/Moisant Field
BOS Boston Logan International OAK Metropolitan Oakland International
BUF Greater Buffalo International OKC Oklahoma City-Will Rogers
BUR Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena OMA Omaha Eppley Airfield
BWI Baltimore Washington International ONT Ontario International
CHS Charleston International ORD Chicago O’Hare International
CLE Cleveland-Hopkins International PBI Palm Beach International
CLT Charlotte/Douglas International PDX Portland International
CMH Port Columbus International PHL Philadelphia International
CVG Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor International
DAL Dallas Love Field PIT Pittsburgh International
DCA Washington National PVD Theodore Francis Green-Providence
DEN Denver International RDU Raleigh-Durham International
DFW Dallas/Fort Worth International RNO Reno-Tahoe International
DTW Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County RSW Fort Myers  
ELP El Paso International SAN San Diego International-Lindbergh
EWR Newark International SAT San Antonio International
FLL Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International SDF Louisville Standiford Field
GSO Greensboro Piedmont Triad International SEA Seattle-Tacoma International
HNL Honolulu International SFO San Francisco International
HOU William P Hobby - Houston SJC San Jose International
HPN Westchester County - White Plains SJU San Juan Marin International
IAD Washington Dulles International SLC Salt Lake City International
IAH Houston Intercontinental SMF Sacramento Metropolitan
IND Indianapolis International SNA John Wayne Orange County
JFK New York Kennedy International STL Lambert-Saint Louis International
JAX Jacksonville International TEB Teterboro
LAS Las Vegas McCarran International TPA Tampa International
LAX Los Angeles International TUL Tulsa International
LGA New York LaGuardia VNY Van Nuys
Pre-Departure Clearance service is not available at this airport.