This article below may be of interest to readers of the Ford Stevens Military-Aviation Thriller Series. It discusses the aircraft to satellite communications program the FAA has been working on to modernize operations.
Data Comm is a program at the FAA that allows pilots and air traffic controllers to communicate ahead of departures. This innovative technology is based off of text messaging (readers- you may recognize this), is assisting pilots with their flight plan navigation and routing. It is part of the FAA’s NextGen Program.
You may see it again in The Black Scorpion Pilot!
Read the CNET article here.