Satcom Direct launches FlightDeck 360

Satcom Direct has launched FlightDeck 360, a mobile application that 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, company officials said.

The app 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 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.

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