Satcom Direct Introduces AeroIT; the World’s First IT Certification for Aviation

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Satcom Direct has created an industry first with the launch of AeroIT: an information technology certification designed to help aircraft technicians expand their knowledge of today’s sophisticated airborne communications systems.

“There is a strong need for IT knowledge in the flight department and no one was teaching that, not even colleges and universities,” said Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct founder and CEO.

Because of the burgeoning demand for in-flight connectivity, aircraft technicians need to know more than airframes and powerplants; they have to be IT experts as well. To address this need, Satcom Direct developed AeroIT, the world’s first IT training and certification course for aviation. Designed specifically for aircraft systems, the training covers network configurations and troubleshooting, SATCOM systems and avionics.

“There is a strong need for IT expertise in the flight department,” said Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct founder and CEO. “Clients told us that they needed a greater understanding of networking, so we developed AeroIT to meet that need.”

Satcom Direct created the AeroIT certification in conjunction with CompTIA’s Examplify subsidiary to ensure the examination meets the standards held by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The certification is similar to other IT industry credentials and is a validation of technical knowledge. An AeroIT textbook that can be used for self-study is in development. The certification exam is offered at any Pearson VUE test center, worldwide, that currently offers CompTIA testing. The AeroIT credential is valid for three years and then must be renewed.

“We’re so committed to AeroIT certification that a new Pearson VUE test center is being installed in our worldwide headquarters, currently under construction in Viera, Florida,” added Jensen. The facility will open in late 2015.

All members of the Satcom Direct support staff are required to obtain Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CompTIA Network+ credentials, as well as the AeroIT certification.

Satcom Direct: Satcom Direct is the leading provider of satellite voice and broadband data solutions for flight deck and cabin communications serving business, military, government, and heads of state aircraft. The company is a premier Inmarsat Distribution Partner, Iridium Service Partner, and ViaSat Yonder's preferred reseller, supporting more than ninety percent of all corporate flight departments worldwide. Satcom Direct continues to advance its services through mobile applications and value adds – from flight deck datalink to cabin communications – making Satcom Direct the leader in aeronautical satcom service.

Satcom Direct’s headquarters and primary operations center is located in Satellite Beach, Florida, with additional office locations in the United States; Canada; Farnborough, UK; Dubai, UAE; Geneva, Switzerland; Hong Kong; Melbourne, Australia; Moscow, Russia and Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more information regarding Satcom Direct, visit http://www.satcomdirect.com, e-mail sales(at)satcomdirect(dot)com, or call U.S. +1.321.777.3000 or UK +44.1252.554.460.

For more information regarding Satcom Direct, visit http://www.satcomdirect.com. To view Satcom Direct’s portable satellite communication equipment and services, including satellite phones and BGAN units, visit http://www.satcomstore.com, e-mail mobileops(at)satcomdirect(dot)com, or call +1.321.777.0771.

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