Satcom Direct has received DO-160 approval for its SD Plane Simple® Ka-band tail mount antenna, the second variant in its Plane Simple hardware series. The advanced technology terminal exclusively connects with Viasat’s Jet ConneX inflight broadband solution, powered by the Global Xpress, GX satellite constellation from its recently acquired Inmarsat business. 

Customers equipping airframes with the Plane Simple Ka-band terminal will have immediate access to global coverage with the GX satellite constellation. They can later upgrade to Viasat’s full Ka-band network, including the ViaSat-3 satellites and next-generation GX satellites as they come online. This will enhance the long-term return on investment for operators adopting the next-generation terminal and ensure aircraft are future-proofed to stay aligned with evolving connectivity technologies.

This second iteration of our Plane Simple antenna technology is a game-changer for the industry as it unlocks the complete current and future performance capabilities of the Global Xpress network and minimizes beam and satellite switching time. We’re delivering the most powerful, reliable, and genuinely global connectivity to operators that depend on us to keep them connected during flight,” says SD President Chris Moore.

SD has a reputation as a technology-forward company. Its innovative approach, guided by a commitment to deliver powerful new connectivity solutions to support the very specific needs of business aviation users, is exemplified by creating the first terminal that will connect with our existing and next-generation Ka-band satellites. This pioneering vision is one that we adhere to as it adds real value to the offering.  We’re pleased to be working with SD to offer customers exceptional connectivity experiences through customized Viasat service plans, including the first-ever power-by-the-hour payment option for Jet ConneX, enabling business jet operators to pay an hourly rate for inflight connectivity,” adds Kai Tang, Head of Business Aviation, Viasat.