Satcom Direct equips first special mission aircraft with single Ku-band terminal

Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, has confirmed the first installation of the Satcom Direct Plane Simple antenna on a special mission aircraft. The Ku-band Plane Simple variant is being installed on a Brazilian-registered Embraer EMB-110 for aircraft operator Fototerra, a company specializing in airborne geographic data capture. This also represents the first Ku-band Plane Simple installation for the Latin America region.

To complete the installation and generate the relevant Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs), SD works with Pro Aero, an aviation consulting and services company; and Brazil’s largest aeronautical certification company and SD reseller, Jazz Engenharia Aeronáutica. Jazz completes the installation and liaises with Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to generate the STCs. SD expects installation to begin in late August, with further delivery expected towards the end of September 2022 and crew training to follow.

The Plane Simple Ku-band antenna will be located above the twin-turboprop fuselage, in the center of the aircraft to increase operational efficiency. “The advanced antenna system will replace the current microwave technology that Fototerra uses to monitor the sea coast on behalf of the oil and gas industry. Existing technology requires Fototerra to stay close to shore to effectively communicate images. Once we install the terminal, this limitation will be removed. We are delighted to be the first company to undertake this type of installation on behalf of SD. We know this will streamline Fototerra’s operations and present opportunities for similar aircraft types,” said Jazz Sales Director Felipe Nardi.

The inaugural installation in South America reflects the growing appetite for high-speed broadband services from owners of multiple aircraft types required to perform various missions. “Our goal with SD Plane Simple is to increase access to consistent and reliable global connectivity solutions in a simplified format at cost-effective rates. This facility is a perfect example of how, by working with like-minded companies Pro Aero and Jazz, we can break into new territory in aircraft data transmission,” Satcom Direct’s Managing Director said. Brazil, Ewerton Libanio. “Jazz has completed over 800 projects and modified over 1,000 aircraft since its launch in 2009, and Pro Aero specializes in providing solutions to aviation stakeholders that improve efficiency and operations. This collective knowledge and vast experience positions them as perfect partners with whom we can work for this and future projects. »

Fototerra plans to exploit the full potential of state-of-the-art technology to transmit heavy data files generated during flight. “Reliable high-speed data transmission will improve efficiency, increase productivity and improve the services we provide to our customers,” adds Gulherme Pinho, CEO of Fototerra. “We’ve been waiting for this capability for a long time and are excited to successfully complete missions with the technology in place.” With the Plane Simple terminal, powered by the Intelsat FlexExec network, high resolution images, hyperspectral images, lidar data, radar data and infrared, ultraviolet, thermal and fluorescence techniques will be transmitted, in real time, directly to the servers Fototerra, customers and authorities as required. Fototerra also leverages the full ecosystem of Satcom Direct products and services, while benefiting from sourcing its connectivity solutions and support from a single vendor.

Designed exclusively for business aviation, the Plane Simple Terminal and Intelsat FlexExec Network requires only two line replaceable units – the SD Modem Unit and the SD Plane Simple Antenna – to enable data transmission. Libanio expects the Plane Simple antenna series to improve the connectivity experience for customers across the region. “Owners of mid- to large-cabin aircraft want to emulate the experience of ground-based connectivity in the air and we are already attracting considerable interest. Our special mission customers in the environmental, surveillance and also see the potential for improved connectivity, and we’ll be happy to highlight everything we offer at this year’s LABACE.

Satcom Direct will showcase the power of the Plane Simple antenna series at LABACE 2022 – booth 8007 – when highlighting Ku, Ka and L band variants and capabilities.