Datalink: is there a list of exemptions? Eurocontrol had promised this a long time ago.
The datalink equipage requirements as per the Commission Regulation (EC) No 29/2009 are applicable for operators starting from 5 February 2020 (CPDLC mandate) for all IFR GAT flight above FL285 within the airspace defined in the regulation. CPDLC in Europe is to be performed via ATN VDL Mode 2.
However, this regulation provides many criteria for non-applicability and/or exemptions.
It should be noted that the operator’s aircraft can benefit from the DLS equipage exemption, if the operator/aircraft satisfies one of the criteria listed in Article 3 (non-applicability) of the Regulation (EC) No 29/2009 as amended, or the aircraft type/model is listed as appropriate in the EC Decision for aircraft types/models to be DLS exempted (based on Article 14),
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Please note that the Operators do not need to notify EASA of datalink exemption. EASA recommends the Operators to notify their Competent Authorities (from the country of registration). Also, EASA plans to issue an SIB (Safety Information Bulletin) to recommend the Operators to indicate their datalink exemption status in their flight plan.