October 19, 2009

Jeppesen and Satcom Direct Announce Bundled Services Offering

Jeppesen and Satcom Direct now offer JetPlan flight planning and FlightDeck Freedom cockpit communications services together for a fixed annual cost

Englewood, Colo. | 19 Oct 2009 | By Jeppesen

Jeppesen’s JetPlan flight planning service and Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck FreedomTM cockpit communications services can now be accessed by customers for a fixed annual cost. Jeppesen and Satcom Direct have announced a teaming relationship that allows each company to sell a bundled solution to their customers 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 FreedomTM (FDF) service. FDF supports flight deck communications via Inmarsat, Iridium, and SITA VHF and transmits flight-critical 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 next month, graphical flight tracking.

“The partnership between Jeppesen and Satcom Direct brings additional value plus a one-stop solution for our mutual customers. Combining the best-in-class flight planning service and aircraft communications is a natural fit to enhance efficiency and provide economic benefits for Business Aviation operators,” said Thomas Wede, Jeppesen senior vice president and general manager, Aviation.

Jeppesen has plans to enhance the JetPlan flight planning service to include EU ETS calculations for all flight plans filed for European travel. It is anticipated that this capability, and other enhancements including integrated weight and balance calculations, will become available in the first quarter of 2010.

For more information on Jeppesen JetPlan and other flight planning services, please call 800-553-7750 or visit our flight planning page.

About Jeppesen
For 75 years Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

About Satcom Direct
Founded in 1997, Satcom Direct is the leading innovator of satellite voice, fax, and broadband data service solutions for business and general aviation, military, government, emergency response, media, and other industries that demand secure and reliable global communications. Its primary product, Global One Number®, is an advanced connection service for aeronautical, maritime, and land mobile applications that make satellite communications as reliable and simple to use as ground-based telephones. Satcom Direct’s extensive product portfolio also includes Aero Vsm, Aero X®, FlightDeck FreedomTM (FDF), One ViewTM, Plane Simple®, and Satcom OnSite; Inmarsat’s Classic Voice, Swift 64, and SwiftBroadband; Iridium Aero Services; and ViaSat® Yondersm Ku-band Mobile Broadband. For more information regarding Satcom Direct, visit www.satcomdirect.com, e-mail sales@satcomdirect.com, or call +1.321.777.3000.

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