Air-to-Ground Data Link


The DFPC Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) provide groundbreaking capabilities in the areas of early fire detection and incident support through their advanced sensors, onboard mission sensor operators, and near real-time link with the Colorado Wildfire Information Management System (CO-WIMS). The spatial data the MMA provide on fire size, access routes, and values at risk are already changing the face of fire management in Colorado. However, the necessity of an Internet connection to access CO-WIMS prevents many firefighters operating in areas with no cellular connection from viewing products created by the MMA. This issue was identified as a priority for improving the MMA program following the 2015 fire season and the preferred solution was identified as a technology capable of sending digital information straight from the aircraft to firefighters on the ground using a line-of-sight data link.

Completed and upcoming work includes the following:
  • The CoE has performed some limited testing on specific radios. You can read the report on that testing here.
  • A Request for Information (RFI) was issued on May 16, 2016, and closed on June 13, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. MDT. The CoE is currently reviewing the responses. 
If you want more information on this project, contact the project lead, Brad Schmidtat the Center of Excellence.

Request for Information (RFI) Published on May 16, 2016

The DFPC Center of Excellence has just published a Request for Information (RFI) for the Air-to-Ground Data Link project. If you are interested in participating or know of a company that may want to participate, please register on the Colorado Vendor Self Service portal at:

 The RFI is also visible to the public (follow the Public Access button to view the RFI).

Search for keyword 2016000032. Under the results from that search, you will see the RFI. Note that other types of notices may appear with the same number.

The RFI will be open until 6/13/2016 at 5:00 p.m. MDT.