AVS-2017 CPDLC/ADS Operations

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course is Part of this Program

Course Length
Self-Paced (Must be completed within 6 months)

Course Dates & Locations
Courses are online and can be started anytime.

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The components and operation of Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS) equipment are covered in this course. These systems are part of the Future Air Navigation (FANS 1/A) system, now in common use throughout the world. The course is available in versions customized for Boeing and Airbus aircraft, showing typical installations and operation for each type.

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced airline pilots

Course Objectives

Lesson 1: CPDLC / ADS System Components

  • ADS-A
  • ADS-B
  • Ground service providers

Lesson 2: CPDLC / ADS Operations

  • ADS-A
  • ADS-B
  • Flight planning requirements

Lesson 3: CPDLC Equipment Installation

  • CPDLC components in Boeing/Airbus Craft

Lesson 4: CPDLC/ ADS Operations – CPDLC Operation


  • DCDU functions
  • MCDU functions
  • pushbutton switch
  • System initialization
  • Vertical request
  • Lateral clearance
  • Deferred clearance
  • Notifying next ATC
  • ATC reports
  • Emergency messages
  • Loss of communication
  • ATC data link failure


  • MFD
  • CDU
  • System initialization
  • Vertical request
  • Lateral clearance
  • Free text messages
  • ATC reports
  • Emergency messages
  • Loss of communication
  • ATC data link failure

Lesson 5: ADS-A and ADS-B Equipment Installation

  • ADS-A equipment
  • ADS-B operations

Lesson 6: ADS-A and ADS-B Operation

  • Initialization
  • Termination
  • Abnormal operation
  • Emergency operation

Contact Us

Office of Professional Education, Worldwide Campus
1 Aerospace Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900

This course is asynchronous and instructor facilitated. You will not be required to log in at the same time as your instructor, but you will have assignments due each week. You can log in at any time to complete course assignments.