CPDLC Guide And Procedures For VACC Austria (under construction)
22.11.2019 - Creation
Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) allows pilots and controllers to exchange messages, requests and clearances via data link. It is not designed to replace but to supplement voice communications to reduce frequency usage and workload. This article is focused around the implementation of CPDLC in the VATSIM environment, specifically in VACC Austria using the Topsky plugin. It is highly recommended that you have a solid understanding of the Skybrary article on CPDLC.
CPDLC On VATSIM
At the time of writing, VATSIM has not developed its own implementation of CPDLC, therefore it and other networks, rely on the services of hoppie.nl. Hoppie.nl is a dedicated network, created by Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers solely for the purpose of exchanging CPDLC and ACARS message regardless of simulator or network used. Because of this kind of implementation, no support of CPDLC is provided by VATSIM. Yet, there are many addons for flight simulators as well as for controllers that make use of the CPDLC capabilities already existing in real life and simulate them - for a (non exhaustive) list of supporting addons, refer to the end of this document.
Using CPDLC As A Controller
Creating a hoppie.nl logon code
The first step for anyone whishing to use CPDLC either as pilot or as a controller is to create a logon code. Head to the logon creation page on hoppie.nl and register using your name and your e-mail adress and your code will be sent to you. Be aware that the code will get deleted if you don't use it for more than 120 days, but you can create a new one anytime.