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FIG. 1 shows the SAFELANDER COMMUNICATION SYSTEM. An antenna 8 transmits and receives digital data from a remote pilot in a secure aircraft simulator 7 to a global ciphered communication data link 1. The global satellite communication data link 1 transfers data from/to the remote pilot located in a secure aircraft simulator 7 to/from the aircraft 2 (which is shown as a single aircraft but is representative of a plurality of other aircraft which may be concurrently operational). The control data for piloting the aircraft are displayed in the remote pilot simulator 7 and when the remote pilot located in simulator 7 takes control of the aircraft 2 the command conning data is transmitted to the aircraft 2. In many instances, when available, there isn't a need for global data and FIG. 1 also shows a direct ciphered digital data two-way communication link 3 between the aircraft 2 and the simulator 7. Simulator processor 6 provides the extensive digital computer capability necessary to control a high fidelity, virtual reality, cockpit environment, with or without a synthetic vision display. Also simulator 7 receives the air traffic control/management data (ATC/M), and if available weather, map and terrain data and security data 4 over the secure ground ciphered two way digital data link 5. A subset of the digital data transmitted/received over Link 5 can also be transmitted/received by aircraft 2 via global ciphered communication digital data link 1. The remote pilot in simulator 7 can communicate directly with aircraft 2 via ground link 5's interface to the global communication link 1.