Satcom Direct (SD) Receives Initial STC for Its Latest Hardware Innovation, the SD Wi-Fi Hub

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The initial supplemental type certificate (STC) was received from the FAA allowing installation of the SD Wi-Fi Hub on Citation CJ3 aircraft. Additional STCs are in progress for the Hub, the standalone router and Wi-Fi solution for small to mid-size aircraft and enhancement to the Satcom Direct Router (SDR) for larger aircraft.

The initial supplemental type certificate (STC) was received from the FAA allowing installation of the SD Wi-Fi Hub on Citation CJ3 aircraft.

“Meeting the connectivity needs for customers with airframes of all sizes was the driver for the development of the SD Wi-Fi hub. Receiving the first STC paves the way for the availability of the product,” said Ken Bantoft, chief technology officer.

Introduced worldwide during the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention 2016, the SD Wi-Fi Hub packs big technology into a small, easily-installed package. More than a wireless access point, it is the gateway for all voice and data communications on the aircraft. At 1.6 pounds, the Hub has the smallest and lightest router form factor in aviation.

“Meeting the connectivity needs for customers with airframes of all sizes was the driver for the development of the SD Wi-Fi hub. Receiving the first STC paves the way for the availability of the product to the marketplace,” said Ken Bantoft, chief technology officer for SD.

The SD technology team is working with its dealers and MROs to expand the availability of STCs for other airframes.

“Citation” and “CJ3” are registered trademarks of Cessna Aircraft Company. Use of the name of that company and its trademarks are for identification purposes only. SD makes no claim to “Citation” or “CJ3”, and use here does not imply endorsement by Cessna Aircraft Company.

About Satcom Direct: Satcom Direct (SD) provides global connectivity solutions for business and general aviation, military, government, and heads of state aircraft, as well as operations in areas with connectivity limitations such as remote locations, large scale events, and disaster recovery. SD is a technology innovator. Since 1997, its teams have worked to advance the technology of connectivity, making SD the first in the marketplace to deliver numerous advancements and capabilities. The company is a premier Inmarsat Distribution Partner (including Jet ConneX), Iridium Service Partner, ViaSat’s preferred reseller, and the Exclusive Service Provider for SmartSky Networks.

The SD world headquarters and primary operations center is located in Melbourne, Florida, with additional office locations in the United States, Canada, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and South Africa. For more information regarding SD, 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.

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