Twenty-five years ago engineer Jim Jensen started Satcom Direct from a beach house on the Florida coast, with just six colleagues. His mission: to transparently connect business aircraft in flight, to the ground. He had spotted a growing gap in aviation communications noting that existing systems enabling phone calls between jets and callers necessitated multiple companies, generating numerous bills, from locations all around the world, and even then connection to the right person wasn’t guaranteed. The system was untenable.
Satcom Direct announced the qualification of the Satcom Direct Plane Simple™ Antenna System on the Intelsat FlexExec network in January this year. The verification follows months of diligent testing and optimization by both companies and confirms that the first network integrated SD Plane Simple terminal, designed exclusively for business aviation, is fully compatible with the world’s first dedicated network capacity for business aviation, the Intelsat FlexExec service.
SES and Collins have raised the bar for inflight connectivity. LuxStream is proven and deployed across a number of business jet fleets in the US and around the world, with Vista Global carrying out the first LuxStream installations.
Although the global aviation industry is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the global pandemic, the business aviation sector has fared comparatively better than its airline counterpart. A prime example of its resilience is the fact that many of Inmarsat’s business aviation customers have utilised any downtime over the past 18 months to upgrade their inflight connectivity systems, ensuring that they continue to meet the evolving needs of operators across the world, not only during the COVID-19 pandemic itself but well into the future too. And as principals’ needs continue to evolve in the long-term, they can rest assured in the knowledge that we are investing more than ever before to deliver highly differentiated global technology platforms, that will meet their needs today and for decades to come. After all, we have a deep understanding based on decades of experience in the business aviation market and appreciate that inflight connectivity alone is no longer enough, it needs to be reliable and consistent, regardless of location, time or other uncontrollable factors. Predictability is ‘the new luxury’ for business aviation.
Cabin connectivity in the Bizliners market is a very critical element as VIP & VVIP including government leaders need to stay connected with their remote teams and make decisions even when cruising at 30,000 feet. James Person, Viasat Sr. Director, Global Business Development for Business and VVIP Aviation tells us more about Viasat’s offering for this very demanding market.
SmartSky’s next-generation ATG network is now available in the United States and connects the entire aircraft to dependable, responsive and secure data transfer that enables what is most important, in real time. The enhanced ATG network includes patented technology advancements to deliver unprecedented performance.
Airshare Will Equip New Bombardier Challenger 350 and Challenger 3500 Aircraft with Viasat’s Industry-Leading Ka-Band Connectivity System
Gogo announced the launch of the first global broadband service in business aviation to use an electronically steered antenna (ESA) on a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite network. In addition to the Small Antenna, the new system will only have one AVANCE LRU to Fit on Business Aircraft of Any Size
Press release Embraer announced today that Flexjet is the first Legacy 500 customer in the world to install Ka-Band, which… Read More »Embraer installs Ka-Band in Flexjet’s Legacy 500 fleet in Europe
PlaneSense, Inc. operates a growing fractional fleet, currently consisting of 39 PC-12s and seven Pilatus PC-24 jets. At this time, 32 PC-12s, and the entire jet fleet, are flying with active AVANCE L3 systems onboard. The PlaneSense fractional program performed more than 37,300 missions in 2021.