Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, has confirmed the first installation of its Plane Simple® antenna on a Brazilian-registered special mission aircraft.
The Plane Simple Ku-band variant was installed on an Embraer EMB-110 for aircraft operator Fototerra, a company specializing in airborne geographic data capture. This also represents the first Plane Simple Ku-band installation for the Latin American region.
To complete the installation and generate the relevant Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs), SD is collaborating with Pro Aero, an aviation service and consulting company; and Brazil’s largest aeronautical certification company and SD reseller, Jazz Engenharia Aeronáutica.
The Plane Simple Ku-band antenna will be located on top of the twin-turboprop’s fuselage, in the center of the aircraft to heighten operating efficiencies.
“The advanced antenna system will replace current micro-wave technology which Fototerra uses to monitor the maritime coast on behalf of the oil and gas industry. The existing technology requires Fototerra to stay near the coastline to communicate images effectively. Once we’ve installed the terminal, this limitation will be removed. We are excited to be the first company to undertake this type of installation on behalf of SD. We know it will streamline Fototerra operations and showcase the opportunities for similar aircraft types,” says Jazz Sales Director, Felipe Nardi.
The inaugural installation in South America reflects the growing appetite for high-speed broadband services from owners of multiple aircraft types needing to perform diverse missions.
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