Satcom Direct (SD) now provides SiriusXM satellite weather and radio to the business aviation industry, delivering customers graphical weather services and audio entertainment options in flight.
SD says this is the first time SiriusXM services have been made available through a business aviation service provider.
SiriusXM provides complete, North American coast-to-coast high-resolution weather and in-flight entertainment.
SD customers have access to both the SiriusXM Aviation Weather Pro Service and its All Access audio package, which boasts more than 150 channels of commercial-free music, plus live sports, news, comedy and entertainment.
The SiriusXM services are integrated into SD’s flight operations management platform, SD Pro, providing convenient access to view and manage subscriptions.
Jason Natwick, SD Vice President of Products and Strategy, said: “We are proud to be the first authorised provider to bring our trusted services to business aviation customers. This offering enhances the experience of both pilots and passengers.”
Dave Wasby, Vice President of Aviation and Marine Services at SiriusXM, said: “We are very pleased to work with Satcom Direct to provide our superior weather and world-class programming to the business aviation industry.
“Adding our weather and audio to Satcom Direct’s portfolio of managed services will increase convenience and add value to Satcom Direct customers.”
The SiriusXM Aviation Weather Pro Service helps maximize situational awareness so pilots can navigate with confidence. With no line-of-sight restrictions and no altitude limitations, pilots can make informed decisions from taxi to touchdown.
The Pro Weather Service is already popular with those who fly frequently.
On long routes or at high altitudes, it delivers detailed weather and data elements including: NEXRAD Storm Cell Attributes; Cloud-to-Cloud and Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Strike Locations; High-Resolution Composite and Base Reflectivity Radar; Surface Visibility; TAFs and METARs; extended forecasts; graphical Winds and Temperatures Aloft; Echo Tops, six levels of graphical turbulence, Icing, TFRs and more.
The All Access programming package is SiriusXM’s most extensive offering and includes Howard Stern, every NFL, MLB®, and NBA game, every NASCAR® race, plus NHL® games, PGA TOUR coverage and live college sports, as well as SiriusXM’s wide variety of commercial-free music, plus talk programming, comedy and several exclusive online-only channels.
All-Access subscribers also get access to SiriusXM programming when they are not flying, on the SiriusXM app.
A compatible receiver from Garmin, Heads Up Technology, Honeywell/Bendix King or Rockwell Collins XMWR-1000 is required for activation.
Satcom Direct has also launched SD LIVE at NBAA, a new platform for streaming live television in flight worldwide.
With SD LIVE, passengers can stream live television via their own personal electronic devices or the cabin entertainment system without adding additional hardware, STCs or antennas.
Using the highest speed broadband and ATG services available for business aviation, SD LIVE delivers both standard- and high-definition real-time television programming to passengers. News, financial programs and various live sporting events are available 24/7, wherever the aircraft is flying.
Multiple devices may be used simultaneously to stream live TV, and no equipment installation is required. SD LIVE operates on the ground and in the air for those with broadband network coverage. A mobile app is available for the iOS operating system.
Jim Jensen, SD Founder and CEO, said: “We are committed to providing our customers with leading technologies to enhance their inflight experience. SD LIVE harnesses the latest network capabilities and SD technology, allowing passengers to stay connected, informed and entertained, no matter where they are.”