Satcom Direct showcases new business, government and defense connectivity technologies at Dubai Airshow 2023

Satcom Direct showcases new business, government and defense connectivity technologies at Dubai Airshow 2023

Melbourne, FL. /10 November 2023 – Satcom Direct, the global connectivity solutions provider, is marking the one-year anniversary of the Plane Simple® Ku-band antenna commercial introduction during the Dubai Airshow, 13 – 17 November, at booth 218. With almost 50 Supplemental Type Certificates granted approval by the FAA, EASA, TCCA and ANAC Brazil for Dassault, Bombardier, Gulfstream, and Embraer airframes, the SD Plane Simple Ku-band terminal has already transmitted more than 10,000 hours of uninterrupted connectivity via the Intelsat FlexExec high-throughput satellite network. SD is highlighting the ease of terminal installation, customizable options, and special mission capabilities to Dubai delegates.

Validation flights for the next SD Plane Simple variant, the Ka-band terminal, are in the final stages and confirm uninterrupted performance powered by Viasat’s Jet ConneX inflight broadband service. SD is promoting a newly expanded range of service plans, exclusively available to SD operators, equipping aircraft with the second variant.  The programs deliver greater flexibility and high-speed data transfer for teleconferencing, HD video streaming and multiple digital applications for high volumes of users travelling on large-size jets and narrow and wide-body aircraft. For the first time, options also include a ‘Power by the Hour’ plan for Jet ConneX, enabling operators to pay an hourly rate for inflight connectivity.

“The rapid industry adoption of and interest in our compact Plane Simple terminals demonstrates that our purpose-built advanced technology, designed to future-proof our customers’ investment by enabling simplified upgrade pathways, delivers the service we committed to,” says Dave Falberg, VP International for Satcom Direct. “More than ever, operators and owners need flexibility, consistency, and the ability to modify their connectivity as needs change. We continuously innovate services with our airtime partners to deliver a superior service that aligns with our customers’ diverse operational budgets, requirements and the changing connectivity landscape.”

Operators of government, head of state and executive airliners, or larger business jets capable of supporting the two Plane Simple terminals can discover more about the SD Dual Dissimilar system. By equipping an aircraft with the Plane Simple Ku- and forthcoming Ka-band tail mount antennas (Dual), two different satellite constellations (Dissimilar) are supported, enabling customers to leverage the best aspects of each network. The doubling of antennas increases the amount of data that can be transmitted and the bandwidth available to enhance digital communications, aircraft performance monitoring, and crew operations support for avionics and cabin WiFi.

SD is also highlighting its Tactical Removeable Airborne Satellite Communications (TRASC) R4 BLOS solution integrating the SD Plane Simple terminal within a Multi-Purpose Hatch System (MPHS) designed and patented by R4 Integration Inc., specialists in airborne and ground systems engineering. Leveraging the ease of installation and minimal requirement for airframe ‘real estate,’ the equipment is engineered to replace the existing C-130 standard upper forward or center fuselage hatches. The housing is optimized for installation in less than an hour, enabling immediate plug-and-play global broadband capability from the airframe.

The system includes an SD Plane Simple® antenna, a radome mounted on the MPHS, and a RO/RO Base Kit. This houses an SD Router®, a power unit supplying the antenna, and customer components, including laptops and digital devices. Configured as a single unit, the SD Plane Simple MPHS and Base Kit can be easily transferred between aircraft, while the open architecture design of the SD Router® enables streamlined integration with existing ground connectivity configurations. Alongside secure voice communications, the system enables uninterrupted broadband suitable for data-intense services, video streaming, enhanced avionics functionality, and aircraft health monitoring and reporting.

“We’re incredibly proud of the diversity of products we’re showcasing to delegates at this year’s event. It is our richest product and service suite yet and is supported by extraordinary customer service from an industry-leading, multi-lingual team available globally, any time, day or night. As others are cutting customer support, we continue to enhance our personal service. We’re looking forward to meeting new and existing customers during the airshow who are seeking suppliers that do more than sell a product but provide an end-to-end solution to ensure seamless, reliable connectivity,” concludes Falberg.

Media are invited to meet the Satcom Direct team at booth 218 to discover how SD can create connectivity plans that exceed expectations. Please get in touch with Jane Stanbury – [email protected] or +44 7803 296046 to arrange a convenient time.


About Satcom Direct
Satcom Direct (SD) is founded on a core belief in understanding the value of time and maximizing it. The company mobilizes the most cutting-edge technologies to enable connection wherever you might be. SD’s proprietary technologies span business aviation and government sectors, with the singular goal of leading connectivity industry standards.

Harnessing a powerful combination of tools, SD delivers consistent, reliable connectivity globally. Proprietary software, hardware, terrestrial infrastructure, cybersecurity solutions and award-winning customer support create tailored data services for each customer mission. The aim is to enhance the passenger and ownership experience, improve efficiencies and give back precious time by providing connectivity beyond all expectations.

SD World Headquarters is located at the heart of the Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, with 14 additional locations in 11 countries, including the UK, UAE, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, and Brazil, plus a hardware development and manufacturing base in Ottawa, Canada. For more information regarding SD, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call U.S. +1.321.777.3000 or UK +44.1252.554.460

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Media Contact:

Jane Stanbury – Arena Group
[email protected]
+1 (438) 998 1668
+44 7803 296 046

Viasat Media Contact:

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