SD confirms Avcon Jet as launch customer for SD Plane Simple fuselage mount ESA terminal

Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, confirms at EBACE 2024, that Avcon Jet, one of the worlds leading private aviation management companies is the launch customer for the SD Plane Simple Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA) Ku-band, flat panel terminal.

On service introduction, Avcon Jet is looking to equip multiple aircraft with the advanced technology, as part of a wider fleet upgrade program. The first operator to optimize the numerous benefits of the full SD Plane Simple antenna portfolio, Avcon Jet will also look to outfit aircraft with the SD Plane Simple Ku-band tail mount antenna powered by the dedicated-to-business-aviation Intelsat FlexExec airtime and the Ka-band tail mount variant, which connects with the Viasat Ka-band existing and next-generation satellites.

The SD Plane Simple ESA terminal connects with the Eutelsat OneWeb Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation and is the only antenna on the network that is fully duplex and multichannel. Delivering genuinely global connectivity, the entire network delivers terrestrial-style speeds of 195Mbps download and 36Mbps upload. Purpose-built satellite technology for business aviation, the SD hardware, combined with SD ground infrastructure and award-winning customer support, will provide Avcon Jet customers with unparalleled, consistent, and reliable connectivity service, enabling passengers access to an enterprise-grade experience, wherever they are flying.

"The agreement with Avcon Jet heralds a new era for fleet connectivity,” says President of Satcom Direct, Chris Moore. “We are committed to meeting the needs of aircraft operators seeking genuine global coverage and are excited that with Avcon Jet, we can demonstrate the advantages of working with the multi-faceted Plane Simple portfolio of antenna systems to fulfill the demand for high-speed connectivity across a broad portfolio of airframes.

The decision to utilize the complete SD Plane Simple antenna portfolio adds multiple benefits for Avcon Jet and its customers. Built on an open architecture structure, the agnostic antenna designs reduce obsolescence by enabling simple upgrade pathways, adapt to the evolving connectivity landscape and simplify management and administration to deliver a streamlined connectivity experience.

Avcon Jet has always been at the forefront of innovation. We strive to deliver our customers the best connectivity experience possible, which is why we welcome the opportunity to equip our fleet with the advanced SD antenna systems, said Alex Vagacs, Chairman of Avcon Jet Group. The superior technology aligns perfectly with our mission to deliver exceptional services to our customers."