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CPDLC - Essentials (eLearning)

Covering the non-aircraft-specific requirements for CPDLC, this course uses recommended procedures found in ICAO’s Global Operational Data Link (GOLD) manual and satisfies the pilot knowledge requirements of FAA Advisory Circular 90-117 and Eurocontrol’s Flight Crew Data Link Operational Guidance document. Upon completion of training, the pilot will have demonstrated adequate knowledge to properly operate in Data Link (Controller Pilot Data Link Communication CPDLC) airspace.

This course only covers the pilot knowledge requirements portion of 90-117, and does not cover the aircraft-specific material needed to apply for an FAA Letter of Authorization (LOA) A056. To get an LOA, this course must be taken with aircraft-specific CPDLC training.

For aircraft-specific CPDLC training, visit for a list of available eLearning courses.

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Course Objectives

 The course covers the following topics:

  • Normal pilot response to data link messages
  • Message set terms, abbreviations, and conventions
  • PBCS: RCP/RSP specifications and performance requirements
  • General U.S. CPDLC-DCL and enroute CPDLC operations
  • Data link communication terminology
  • Chart depictions of data link communication services
  • Data link communications system theory             
  • Operations involving data link communication services
  • Nominal and unacceptable performance
  • Normal, non-normal use and error messages
  • Data link communication events and reporting
  • AFM and AFM Supplement limitations
  • Human Factors / CRM elements as required
  • MEL deferrable items and procedures
  • Examination
Features &
  • Learn when and how to use CPDLC
  • Understand the general CPDLC rules and regional differences
  • Learn what to do in an emergency situation
  • Obtain a FlightSafety Certificate of Completion
Additional Information
  • Target Audience: Pilots
  • Regulatory Requirements: When approved by a POI (or equivalent) this course satisfies requirements specified in the ICAO document, Aeronautical Communications, Volume III regarding Digital Data communications and Voice Communication systems
  • Duration: 2.0 hours
  • Course Access:You will have access to this course for one full year.
  • Delivery: 100% web-delivered and self-paced.
  • Credit: Once you have completed the course and successfully passed the end-of-lesson examinations, you are awarded a FlightSafety International certificate of completion. If you are an existing FlightSafety customer, you can also pick up your record of training in myFlightSafety.