Satcom Direct (SD) has announced that its Plane Simple® Ku-band tail mount antenna system has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for Gulfstream G650 aircraft.
The company worked with Gulfstream to obtain the STC, with the antenna being installed for a U.S.-based corporate flight department. The technology is powered by the Intelsat FlexExec high throughput satellite network.
According to SD, the STC gives Gulfstream G650 owners and operators access to the power, versatility and convenient management of the SD Plane Simple advanced antenna technology and provides access to an added-value connectivity ecosystem of hardware, software, ground infrastructure, cybersecurity and customer service to support consistently reliable high-speed data.
“This STC is significant for us as we continue to raise the connectivity bar with this new class of hardware, which has been purpose-built for the business aviation sector,” said Jim Jensen, CEO of Satcom Direct.
“More importantly, it gives customers greater flexibility, cost-effective connectivity options, and a single resource to fulfill every connectivity need. We are the only connectivity provider to deliver genuine, global connectivity to business aviation. Our services are customized for each operator to meet their specific mission needs. Through our relationship with Intelsat, we do not share the airtime with any other sector, and with an established entry-into-service offering, flight departments and owners can be confident they can maximize their suite of connectivity products from day one.”
SD says the simplified antenna installation process requires fitting just two-line replaceable units, the tail-mounted antenna and the SD modem unit, simplifying upgrade pathways, reducing aircraft downtime, and optimising maintenance budgets.
STCs for Gulfstream GIV, GV, G450, and G550 models are already available through the Gulfstream service network and Satcom Direct says its Plane Simple Ku-band antenna variant will be available for installation through the Gulfstream service network from October 2023.