Jeppesen and Satcom Direct have teamed to sell a bundled solution combining flight planning services and cockpit communications.
The agreement enhances Jeppesen’s JetPlan flight planning service by providing direct cockpit communications capability via Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom (FDF) service, according to Jeppesen officials. FDF supports flight deck communications via Inmarsat, Iridium, and SITA VHF and transmits data to the flight crew, including pre-departure clearances, Digital ATIS, oceanic clearances, current airport weather, graphical weather, and flight plan routes.
Dispatchers and maintenance personnel can monitor the aircraft through automated takeoff and landing reports, e-mail messages to and from the aircraft, and can see aircraft position at any time with Satcom Direct’s new SD Flight Tracker. Flight crews also have direct access to cabin and satellite network monitoring and performance tools while en route.
Jeppesen’s Flight Planning solution includes JetPlan flight planning and flight plan filing services accessed via the JetPlan.com web interface. Customers can also access the JetPlan databases that include en route text weather briefings, en route navigation fees, online user manuals, worldwide aviation weather maps, text weather reports, worldwide NOTAMs, FAA Approved RAIM Prediction Reports and, coming soon, graphical flight tracking.
Jeppesen has plans to enhance the JetPlan flight planning service to include EU ETS calculations for all flight plans filed for European travel, company officials note. It is anticipated that this capability, and other enhancements, including integrated weight and balance calculations, will become available in the first quarter of 2010.