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COM13 — Air Traffic Services (ATS) datalink using SatCom Class B

Communication services in terms of datalink systems and services are required in support of i4D and Aeronautical information data sharing.

The Iris Precursor service establishes the necessary communication infrastructure to support interoperable Oceanic and Continental i4D operations.The Iris Precursor service deploys an aviation communications service based on the existing Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) service. This would augment existing VHF Datalink (VDL) capability in Europe to improve current Link2000+ and planned I4D ATS datalink services delivery through increased reliability and capacity, and help establish satellite communications as a key component in the future ATM communications landscape.

NOTE FOR MILITARY AUTHORITIES: It is the responsibility of each military authority to review this Objective IN ITS ENTIRETY and address each of the SLoAs that the military authority considers RELEVANT for itself. This has to be done on top and above of the review of "MIL" SLoAs which identify actions EXCLUSIVE to military authorities.

Regulator / Air Navigation Service Provider / Airspace Users


Related Elements

Applicability Area(s) and Timescales

Applicability Area:
(Subject to local need)
Timescales From By Applicable to
IOC used for Analytics functioning only - not for implementation planning 01-07-2022
FOC used for Analytics functioning only - not for implementation planning 31-12-2030

Links to SESAR Solutions

Links to PCP ATM Sub-Functionalities

ICAO Block Modules: No associated data


Applicable legislation
Applicable ICAO Annexes and other references
Deployment Programme 2022
Operating Environments

Expected Performance Benefits

Improvements through enabling initial i4D operations.
Operational efficiency
Cost efficiency
Improvements through enabling initial i4D operations.
  Code Title From By Related Enablers
REG01 Approve compliance with safety requirements
ASP01 Install and operate commercial SATCOM systems
ASP02 Safety Assessment
USE01 Upgrade Aircraft avionics
Code Dates
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Supporting Material

Title Related SLoAs

EUROCAE - ED-242B - MASPS for AMS(R)S Data and Voice Communications supporting RCP and RSP 03/2020

ASP01, ASP02, REG01, USE01

EUROCAE - ED-243B - Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Avionics Supporting Next Generation Satellite Systems (NGSS) 03/2020

ASP01, ASP02, REG01, USE01

ICAO - Annex 10 - Aeronautical Telecommunications

ASP01, ASP02, REG01

ICAO - Doc 9896 - Manual for the ATN using IPS Standards and Protocols - Edition 2.0 / 2015

ASP01, ASP02, REG01

ICAO - Doc 9925 - ICAO Manual for Class B (Inmarsat SBB and IRIDIUM Next)

ASP01, ASP02, REG01

Consultation & Approval

Working Arrangement in charge
Outline description approved in
Latest objective review at expert level
Commitment Decision Body
Provisional Council (PC)
Objective approved/endorsed in
Latest change to objective approved/endorsed in