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ZID is Recognized for CPDLC Contributions

Members at Indianapolis Center (ZID) were recognized for their contributions to the National Airspace System (NAS) as a keysite for Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC). CPDLC is a two-way data-link system by which controllers can transmit non-urgent strategic messages to an aircraft as an alternative to voice communications. The message is displayed on a flight deck visual display.

FAA Deputy Vice President for Air Traffic Services Brian Throop, CSA Director Frank McIntosh, ZID District Manager Dale McNeal, and NATCA Great Lakes Alternate Regional Vice President and ZID FacRep Marc Schneider were on hand to present the awards to the members of ZID.

“The teamwork and flexibility displayed by the controllers at ZID was nothing short of inspiring,” Schneider said. “ZID NATCA delivered on time, even in the aftermath of the longest federal shutdown in U.S. history. CPDLC is an amazing tool and once all aircraft are equipped and trained, it will change the face of our profession forever.”

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