Fokker secures STC for B757 CPDLC

Fokker Services, part of Fokker Technologies, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) modification on the Boeing B757 aircraft.
CPDLC is an air/ground data link that enables the exchange of text messages between controllers and pilots. CPDLC complements traditional voice communications, providing pilots and controllers with an additional communications medium. In this way CPDLC improves the safety and efficiency of air traffic management by introducing data link services for the Single European Sky. The European mandate for this modification will be implemented on 5 February 2015.
The main part of modification is the one-box Spectralux CPDLC unit that will be integrated in the pedestal. Communication is by a dedicated VHF antenna that forms part of the modification designed by Fokker Services under its Part 21 Design Approval. If required a GPS antenna and receiver can be included in the modification. Fokker delivers the complete modification package comprising the STC, manual supplement and modification kits.
“With this new STC, Fokker Services now takes another step forward in the modification retrofit market”, said Heino van der Laan, vice president, marketing and sales of Fokker Services. “As well as the CPDLC for the Boeing 737 and other aircraft types for which we already hold the STCs, we now add the Boeing 757 to the list. We are continuing to expand the products and services for the Boeing operator community.”