Satcom Direct has been awarded Federal Aviation Association (FAA) approval of Supplemental Type Certificates, (STCs) for the Satcom Direct Plane Simple Ku-band tail-mounted Antenna System. Following a multi-model, (AML) STC approval, Gulfstream G550, G450, GV and GIV types can now be equipped with the advanced technology terminal. 

The Satcom Direct Gulfstream G550 is the first aircraft carrying the equipment, demonstrating the power, versatility and simplicity of the Plane Simple advanced antenna technology, which is powered by the Intelsat FlexExec satellite network.  Gulfstream carried out the minimally invasive antenna installation, which required the fitting of just two-line replaceable units, the tail-mounted antenna and the SD modem unit, at its Appleton, WI facility.

In parallel the European Aviation Safety Agency, (EASA) has released an STC for multiple Bombardier types, covering Global 6000, 5000, Express XRS and Express. SD collaborated with Alamo Engineering GmbH to generate the first EASA STC for the Global airframes. A privately owned Bombardier Global Express is the first aircraft equipped with the Plane Simple Ku-band terminal outside of the US, with equipment installation completed by ACC Columbia Jet Service at its Hannover, Germany, MRO facility.

The revolutionary antennas will form part of the in-service evaluation program which delivers additional feedback about system performance, further confirming that together, the high throughput Intelsat FlexExec satellite network, combined with the Plane Simple Ku-band tail-mounted antenna system, simplifies high-speed data access for more business aviation owners globally. Multiple units are currently being delivered by SD Avionics to customers who will join the in-service evaluation program.

Designed exclusively for business aviation aircraft the Plane Simple terminal and Intelsat FlexExec network deliver consistently reliable high-speed data access for government, corporate and private customers. The initial swathe of STCs, which increases access to the powerful Ku-band offering for international customers, will be followed by further approvals from the FAA, Transport Canada, and EASA for more airframe models by the end of Q2, 2022. The official approvals and customer in-service evaluations represent the penultimate phase before the revolutionary SD Plane Simple Antenna System enters commercial service in Q3 of this year.