Satcom Direct (SD) Receives Initial STC for Its Latest Hardware Innovation, the SD Wi-Fi Hub


EBACE, Geneva, Switzerland | May 25, 2016– The initial supplemental type certificate (STC) was received from the FAA allowing installation of the SD WiFi Hub on Citation CJ3 aircraft. Additional STCs are in progress for the Hub, the standalone router and wi-fi solution for small to mid-size aircraft and enhancement to the Satcom Direct Router (SDR) for larger aircraft. EBACE attendees can view product demonstrations at exhibit S115.

Introduced worldwide during the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention 2016, the SD WiFi Hub packs big technology into a small, easily-installed package. More than a wireless access point, it is the gateway for all voice and data communications on the aircraft. At 1.6 pounds, the Hub has the smallest and lightest router form factor in aviation.

“Meeting the connectivity needs for customers with airframes of all sizes was the driver for the development of the SD Wi-Fi hub. Receiving the first STC paves the way for the availability of the product to the marketplace,” said Ken Bantoft, Chief Technology Officer for SD.

The SD technology team is working with its dealers and MROs to expand the availability of STCs for other airframes.

“Citation” and “CJ3” are registered trademarks of Cessna Aircraft Company. Use of the name of that company and its trademarks are for identification purposes only. SD makes no claim to “Citation” or “CJ3”, and use here does not imply endorsement by Cessna Aircraft Company.

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