Melbourne, FL./ 9 November 2022 – Sun Air Jets, the private jet charter and management company, has named Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, as its preferred supplier for flight deck datalink connectivity services for its fleet of managed and charter aircraft. Activations of the SD FlightDeck Freedom® (FDF) communications platform, which supports secure and reliable datalink services between crew, air traffic control, and ground personnel are already underway.
The majority of the mixed fleet, which includes Bombardier Global and Challenger types, Gulfstream models, Citation X aircraft and Hawker airframes, will be using the new FDF services by the end of the year. Sun Air is optimizing the power of FDF flight tracking, and benefiting from significant automation pushing real-time information about hazardous weather, geo-notifications, security events and other critical flight path data. The immediacy and accuracy of these vital updates were significant factors in Sun Air’s selection process
Nick Cook, Director of Flight Deck Services for SD, explains, “FDF improves situational awareness, reduces pilot workload, and enhances safety as it conveys real-time data which might impact a planned route. It also meets compliance requirements for aircraft operating in international airspace. The platform’s open architecture design allows for integration with third-party services, including trip planning. This all contributes to facilitating a streamlined flight experience for our customers and their passengers.”
The news follows a Sun Air NBAA announcement which confirmed the operator’s adoption of ForeFlight’s flight planning services to support its international charter activity. The seamless integration of the flight planning product with the FDF service adds immediate and tangible value to Sun Air operations and consequently its customers.
“We undertook a review of our existing services and recognized the benefit of selecting a solution that meets our fleet’s specific needs, missions, and budget requirements. We wanted a comprehensive flight deck datalink service that could give us better flight tracking information and also integrate with our selected flight planning solution. SD delivers a technologically advanced suite of services that improves our efficiencies and is underpinned by impressive customer support. We’re investing in technology to enhance our customer services and know that SD is doing the same. This heavily influenced our selection process,” says Ed Fares, director of operations Sun Air Jets.
About Satcom Direct:
Satcom Direct (SD), and its group of companies, provide global end-to-end data solutions for business and general aviation, government, marine and land mobile customers, enabling consistent connectivity, enhanced operations and improved efficiencies.
Driven by a spirit of innovation, the SD culture focuses on optimizing cutting-edge technology to deliver first-to-market solutions via the SD eco-system of hardware, software, terrestrial infrastructure, training, cybersecurity, and award-winning customer support. SD delivers secure, reliable access to the networks, applications and data that increase business productivity, support critical missions or enable the next great adventure.
SD partners with the world’s leading network operators and is a premier Inmarsat Distribution Partner, Iridium service partner, and Viasat preferred reseller. SD is also the Master Distributor for Intelsat FlexExec.
Founded in 1997 with a team of just six employees, SD now operates from SD World Headquarters in Melbourne, Florida. Additional office locations in the United States, Canada, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and Brazil are home to 400 employees providing 24/7/365 support to raise industry standards and deliver connectivity beyond all expectations.
About Sun Air Jets:
Sun Air Jets operates one of the safest rated private jet fleets in the nation with a flawless safety record spanning over 20 years. Serving the greater Los Angeles area, Sun Air Jets provides aircraft management, maintenance, private luxury hangars, and private charter jet services on a diverse fleet including Gulfstream, Bombardier, Embraer, Citation, and Hawker aircraft.
Along with maintaining the highest safety standards in the industry, Sun Air Jets remains dedicated to serving clients with the highest levels of operating expertise and personable client care. With bases located in Van Nuys and Camarillo, California, including a full-service FBO at the company’s KCMA headquarters, Sun Air Jets is a fully certified Part 145 repair station and Part 135 charter operator.
To learn more about Sun Air Jets, visit SunAirJets.com.
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