SD FlightDeck Freedom on tablet

SD reaches FlightDeck Freedom milestone

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SD FlightDeck Freedom on tablet

A head-of-state customer has become the 2,000th aircraft to be fitted with Satcom Direct’s (SD), FlightDeck Freedom datalink service

Specifically designed for business and military aviation FlightDeck Freedom features an open architecture design to support every type of avionics and datalink-capable airframe and can be customised to meet each customer and/or aircraft platform’s mission needs. FDF also continues to be the only service that supports flight deck and cabin communications enabling crew to monitor connectivity and troubleshoot issues in real time to better manage passenger expectations.

In addition, FDF enhances operational safety through direct delivery of automated notifications including hazardous weather, route and security alerts, and supports real time aircraft and fleet tracking worldwide, which can be monitored from the ground and in the air. The unique GeoNotification feature details when aircraft are approaching a defined geographic area which may affect connectivity or be defined as sensitive airspace.

Integrated with SD Pro the digital flight operations management system, data shared through FDF synchronises flight crew with ground operations keeping team members informed about aircraft performance in real time to support improved flight operations, budgeting and maintenance scheduling. FDF also supports fleet compliancy with FANS, ADS-C and CPDLC to meet evolving Air Traffic Control safety requirements and the changing landscape of business aviation operations.

“Our focus is to always enable our customers to manage their flights and operations using the services, products and systems that best suit their needs. FDF was one of our first services built using open architecture to allow integration of third-party services. Reaching this milestone demonstrates the market’s hunger for integrated services that streamline the workflow. As the digitisation of aviation continues to evolve ,we will continue adapting and modifying our products to meet the changing requirements of flight crew, ground operations and the business aviation infrastructure,” said President of Satcom Direct Business Aviation, Chris Moore.

GDC Technics completes head-of-state B777-300ER modification

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GDC Technics has delivered a B777-300ER completed with exterior modifications and a fully customised interior cabin for a confidential head-of-state customer.

The wide-body aircraft was completed under the GDC cabin weight reduction initiative using innovative, lighter weight engineering solutions resulting in overall weight savings for the aircraft. In addition, GDC was able to achieve noise levels below 50 decibels in the VIP areas of the aircraft. Furthermore, the aircraft was customised with a GDC engineered and certified modular lower lobe crew rest compartment that comprises of six sleeping pods with full capabilities for the crew to utilise during longer flights.

The cabin also features in-flight data, connectivity, and passenger comfort capabilities for full range IFE functionality. The exterior modifications includes a full security system, forward- looking, quad, downward zoom, and tail fin cameras, and world-wide connectivity – including a duel satcom system, Ka-band antenna, Iridium system, and satellite TV antenna to provide live, 4K Television.

The aircraft was also equipped with lower lobe fly-away kits that contain all materials necessary for on-site repairs and/or interior improvements during travel. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, the final certification and approval of the aircraft was facilitated via a live-stream video with the FAA to witness and complete its compliance inspection, resulting in the FAA Issuing an “Achievement Award” to the certification team.