Satcom Direct (SD) has announced an agreement with Astronics AeroSat to sell the FliteStream T-Series tail mount connectivity system through SD’s global dealer network.
The FlightStream T-Series solution employs the Panasonic Avionics global communications network to enable business jet passengers to watch live television and use the internet simultaneously through a single antenna.
Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct chairman, said: “At SD, we have a holistic approach to the connected aircraft through innovation and targeted investment.
“Our industry-leading products and services address the increasingly complex needs of flight departments, aircraft owners and operators to keep the aircraft and passengers synched with ground operations and business commitments over secure networks.
“This agreement with Astronics AeroSat will help us advance our vision of delivering the most innovative and effective solutions to the business aviation marketplace.”
Chris Moore, chief commercial officer at SD, said: “Astronics AeroSat’s best-in-class hardware, partnered with our SD dealer network, allows for a rapid market deployment on a global scale.
“By incorporating the Astronics AeroSat solution with our existing robust suite of products and services, we are creating a one-stop shop for hardware and value-added services. SD is in the unique position of offering genuinely complete solutions for the whole business jet ecosystem.”
“Early recognition of the pent-up demand for comprehensive inflight connectivity was the impetus behind our FliteStream T-Series tail mount solution,” added Matt Harrah, Astronics AeroSat President.
“Our collaboration with Satcom Direct expands our channel for providing FliteStream solutions to the global business aviation market. We’re pleased to enter into agreement with SD, a global leader in delivering smart connectivity solutions for business jets.”
Targeted specifically at business jets, the FliteStream T-Series system includes all required Ku-band system components needed to use the Panasonic Avionics global communications network to deliver high-speed internet and live television.
The single antenna results in weight and fuel savings, and improves system efficiency. Astronics AeroSat’s patented Rexolite lens technology increases efficiency and signal sensitivity by eliminating the need for a signal blocking feed horn.
Optimised network bandwidth, prioritized for business aviation through a scalable open network architecture, means Panasonic can easily meet current and future bandwidth needs.
The system leverages the same network that has been successfully proven in commercial aviation and is active on more than 1,000 aircraft today. For example, passengers can now watch TV via an app and use the internet with their mobile devices.
Additionally, this solution can be configured to play over bulkhead monitors.