Satellite Beach, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2012) – Satcom Direct, provider of satellite voice, fax, datalink and Internet communications solutions, launches FlightDeck 360™ mobile application which enables customers to view real-time flight data and utilize datalink communications before and during a flight using an Internet connection and iPad.
FlightDeck 360 is a mobile flight data management system, and it is an extension of FlightDeck Freedom®, Satcom Direct’s on-board flight data management system. The two datalink services can work together or can be used separately. For aircraft that do not have an on-board flight management system, FlightDeck 360 offers datalink functionality using only an Internet connection and an iPad.
The FlightDeck 360 application allows customers to access messages in flight, pre-departure clearances, oceanic clearances, flight plans and support documents before powering up the aircraft. It also integrates with in-flight weather apps such as ForeFlight and enables operators to request technical support from Satcom Direct while in flight. The only thing needed to run the app is an Internet connection.
“FlightDeck 360 allows aircraft of all sizes to view flight critical data in real time and experience the benefits of datalink communications while in-flight. And you only need an Internet connection to use the app,” said Scott Hamilton, Vice President, Strategic Development at Satcom Direct. “It offers cost savings to customers, because you don’t have to upgrade your cockpit to an on-board flight management system. Using FlightDeck 360, you can install Internet on your aircraft and gain cabin connectivity and datalink functionality for nearly the same investment. And if you already have a flight management system, FlightDeck 360 becomes a mobile extension that further enhances your existing system.”
FlightDeck 360 was developed by Satcom Direct to complement FlightDeck Freedom and is supported by Satcom Direct customer service. “In developing FlightDeck 360, we wanted to make sure the app would be beneficial to today’s evolving electronic cockpit, so we specifically developed it for release on the iPad, as that is the main tablet device currently being used in most flight decks,” said Hamilton.
FlightDeck 360 is currently only available for the iPad, with possible expansion to the iPhone and other tablet operating systems in the future. The app is compatible with all iPad models and is available for download through the App Store. Satcom Direct customers who subscribe to FlightDeck Freedom can receive FlightDeck 360 at no additional charge, or the app can be purchased on its own for those who do not have a FlightDeck Freedom subscription.
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. For more information regarding Satcom Direct, visit www.satcomdirect.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +1.321.777.3000. To view Satcom Direct’s portable satellite communication equipment and services, including satellite phones and BGAN units, visit www.satcomstore.com, e-mail email@example.com, or call +1.321.777.0771.