Aviation data communications manager


Aviation data communications managers perform the planning, implementation and maintenance of data transmission networks. They support data processing systems linking participant user agencies to central computers.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to aviation data communications manager:

aviation data communications contractor
aviation data communications specialist
data communications manager in aviation
aviation data communications officer
aviation data communications consultant
aviation sector data manager

Minimum qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in aviation, electronics, telecommunications, or any related field is generally required to work as aviation data communications manager.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Aviation data communications manager is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Aviation data communications manager career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to aviation data communications manager.

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of aviation data communications manager. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of aviation data communications manager with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of aviation data communications manager.

  • Common aviation safety regulations: The body of legislation and regulations that apply to the field of civil aviation at regional, national, European and International levels. Understand that regulations aimed at protecting citizens at all times in civil aviation; ensure that operators, citizens, and organisations comply with these rules.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of aviation data communications manager.

  • Ensure efficient communication in air traffic services: Ensure the implementation of an efficient communication exchange in air traffic services (ATS) involving airport movement areas. Follow procedures within the network.
  • Perform risk analysis: Identify and assess factors that may jeopardise the success of a project or threaten the organisation’s functioning. Implement procedures to avoid or minimise their impact.
  • Use different communication channels: Make use of various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the purpose of constructing and sharing ideas or information.
  • Work in an aviation team: Work confidently in a group in general aviation services, in which each individual operates in their own area of responsibility to reach a common goal, such as a good customer interaction, air safety, and aircraft maintenance.
  • Manage flight data communications programme: Manage the exchanges of digital data between air traffic controllers and pilots to enable efficient aviation operations, such as trajectory-based routing and optimised profile descents. Support the safety-of-flight command, control, and information services by providing data connectivity. Provide ground automated message generation, transmission, and routing.
  • Write work-related reports: Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.
  • Manage data: Administer all types of data resources through their lifecycle by performing data profiling, parsing, standardisation, identity resolution, cleansing, enhancement and auditing. Ensure the data is fit for purpose, using specialised ICT tools to fulfil the data quality criteria.
  • Apply technical communication skills: Explain technical details to non-technical customers, stakeholders, or any other interested parties in a clear and concise manner.
  • Present reports: Display results, statistics and conclusions to an audience in a transparent and straightforward way.
  • Have computer literacy: Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.
  • Tolerate stress: Maintain a temperate mental state and effective performance under pressure or adverse circumstances.
  • Monitor communication channels’ performance: Search for possible faults. Perform visual checks. Analyse system indicators and use diagnostic devices.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of aviation data communications manager. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

ISCO group and title

3513 – Computer network and systems technicians

  1. Aviation data communications manager – ESCO
Last updated on July 15, 2022

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