Associated Air Center (AAC)

Associated Air Center Receives Wi-Fi STC Approval for Boeing 737 VVIP Aircraft

TEMPE, Ariz. – April 7, 2014 – Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero's Large Transport Category VIP completion center in Dallas, Texas, has received STC approval for multiple Wi-Fi solutions for the Satcom Direct Router (SDR) applicable for Boeing 737-300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -800, -900 and -900 ER series aircraft.

The SDR is a dual band unit which can manage multiple satcom systems such as Swift64, SwiftBroadband, Ku band, Ka band and X band whether the aircraft is airborne or on the ground.  The SDR also has a 3G cellular service feature for use while the aircraft is on the ground.  The system can easily be integrated with existing platforms and systems manufactured by Cobham, Thrane & Thrane, Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.

“We are pleased to offer this new, approved Wi-Fi capability to our VVIP completion customers,” said Patrico Altuna, Executive Vice President, AAC.  “The STC now will allow customers to seamlessly switch between networks and split Wi-Fi traffic between multiple networks.  It provides many more communications options in the aircraft.”

The SDR can be used with any existing satcom service provider; however, full optimization is achieved using Satcom Direct services.

“We designed the SDR to be very user friendly, easily configurable and highly customizable,” said Curt Gray, Chief Technology Officer at Satcom Direct.  “It also can be easily accessed and monitored using Satcom Direct’s mobile apps.  Congratulations to AAC for achieving this important STC approval for its customers.”

 AAC provides world-class program management and ODA certification authority to keep airplane programs on schedule and provides industry-leading experience and warranty support after delivery. The company's vertically-integrated, state of the art facility employs the most advanced engineering in the industry along with operational excellence and superior customer service from start to finish.

Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero's Transport Category VIP completion center in Dallas, Texas, is the global leader in BBJ completions and the most experienced completion company in the industry. Authorized by both Boeing and Airbus, AAC offers full completion capabilities for both narrow body and wide body aircraft, including maintenance, refurbishment, modifications and upgrades. AAC's vertically-integrated, state-of-the-art facility provides world-class interior design, engineering and completion capabilities, engine and airframe MRO and ODA certification authority. AAC provides the most advanced engineering in the industry along with operational excellence and superior customer service from start to finish, keeping airplane programs on schedule; providing industry-leading experience and warranty support after delivery. Founded in 1948 as Associate Radio, the company has served the VVIP market and global Heads of State for over six decades.

StandardAero is one of the world's largest independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components, energy and VIP completions markets. A Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company, StandardAero provides a global service network of 13 primary facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia, along with an additional 50 sales and field service locations. The company celebrated its 100th year of industry leadership in 2011.

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 (+1.321.777.3000); Canada (+1.514.900.3009); Brazil (+55.11.2538.9068); Farnborough, UK (+44.1252.554.460); Dubai, UAE (+971.488.79118); Hong Kong (+852.5364.0279); Geneva, Switzerland (+41.225.180.345); and Moscow, Russia (+7.926.283.66.06).  For more information regarding Satcom Direct, visit www.satcomdirect.com.  To view Satcom Direct’s portable satellite communication equipment and services, including satellite phones and BGAN units, visit www.satcomstore.com, e-mail mobileops@satcomdirect.com, or call +1.321.777.0771.

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