Satcom Direct International Offers VHF Datalink Coverage

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Satcom Direct International office hosts new SITA VHF ground station; coverage allows aircraft to communicate via VHF using Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom service.

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Having both a VHF and a satellite component allows Satcom Direct to offer our customers a truly global network supporting all aircraft types equipped with a wide variety of avionics.

Satcom Direct, provider of satellite voice, fax, datalink and Internet communications solutions, announces its International office based at TAG Farnborough Airport (IATA: FAB, ICAO: EGLF) now offers VHF coverage for aircraft datalink communications.

The new SITA VHF ground station equipment is hosted at Satcom Direct’s avionics lab located in Hangar 2 at the airport, providing both the airfield and surrounding area with VHF communications coverage. The installation was facilitated through a combined effort by Satcom Direct, TAG Farnborough Airport and SITA.

The VHF coverage allows aircraft to communicate on SITA VHF using Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom® (FDF) cockpit datalink service. Satcom Direct’s FDF services make use of the SITA VHF network and allow aircraft pilots to send and receive cockpit data messages.

“Installation of the VHF antenna and ground station is another way for us to continue to support our international customers, especially aircraft that are based at TAG Farnborough Airport,” said Jim Jensen, founder and owner of Satcom Direct. “Having both a VHF and a satellite component allows Satcom Direct to offer our customers a truly global network supporting all aircraft types equipped with a wide variety of avionics.”

Aircraft that have cockpit datalink communications capability and a datalink agreement that allows VHF network roaming are able to use the new SITA VHF ground station.

“Satcom Direct is working to help grow the SITA network in one of Great Britain's and Europe's busiest business aviation airports,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of TAG Farnborough Airport. “We are very appreciative of their efforts as it allows our airport to provide increasing services to our customers and their aircraft.”

About 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; Hong Kong; Geneva, Switzerland; and Moscow, Russia. For more information regarding Satcom Direct, visit, e-mail sales(at)satcomdirect(dot)com, or call U.S. +1.321.777.3000 or UK +44.1252.554.460. To view Satcom Direct’s portable satellite communication equipment and services, including satellite phones and BGAN units, visit, e-mail mobileops(at)satcomdirect(dot)com, or call +1.321.777.0771.

About TAG Farnborough Airport
TAG Farnborough Airport is Europe’s leading all-business airport. It is a key gateway for prominent business decision makers flying to and from the UK. The airport is biennial host to the world’s leading airshow, the Farnborough International Airshow. Farnborough is the birthplace of British aviation and is the home of the country’s first powered flight in 1908.

About SITA
SITA is the world's leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions. SITA delivers and manages business solutions for airline, airport, GDS, government and other customers over the world’s most extensive network, which forms the communications backbone of the global air transport industry. For further information go to


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