Melbourne, Florida | June 6, 2016– Firms ink agreement to add world’s first IT certification course for aviation professionals to FlightSafety training offerings.

In an expansion of their existing partnership, FlightSafety International now will offer Satcom Direct’s AeroIT certification preparation course. AeroIT is the world’s first information technology certification for aviation and equips aircraft technicians, maintenance, IT personnel and crew with vital knowledge of today’s sophisticated airborne communications systems.

“In-flight connectivity has become one of the most vital functions on the aircraft. We created AeroIT to equip aviation professionals with the IT-based knowledge they need to support these onboard networks and enable the ‘office in the sky.’ Our partnership with FlightSafety gives additional personnel easy access to this important training,” said Jim Jensen, founder and CEO of Satcom Direct (SD). “FlightSafety’s endorsement of AeroIT shows that we’re aligned in addressing this critical skills deficit in today’s flight departments.”

The AeroIT prep course and certification exam equip flight departments with the knowledge to configure and troubleshoot onboard networks and SATCOM systems, which both enhances technicians’ professional development and supports their organizations’ missions. The certification exam is offered at any Pearson VUE test center, worldwide and is being expanded for availability onsite at SD’s World Headquarters. The AeroIT credential is valid for three years and then must be renewed. Additional levels of certification are in development to validate different levels of mastery.

In collaboration with SD, FlightSafety offers the TTTCabin Communications and Cabin Management courses in Savannah, GA and Teterboro, NJ for both maintenance technicians and flight crews. AeroIT initially will be offered in Savannah and includes an option for future expansion into other FlightSafety training centers. AeroIT ultimately will be incorporated into FlightSafety’s Avionics and Cabin Master Technician programs. SD will continue to offer AeroIT training at its offices across the globe.

“FlightSafety is pleased with our growing partnership with Satcom Direct. Aero IT gives us a complete cabin connectivity training solution for our customers,” said Charlie Harvich, Manager FlightSafety Savannah Maintenance Training Center.

Flight Safety will begin offering AeroIT training, at its Savannah center, in September. FlightSafety customers can use their event-based training package toward the AeroIT course and should consult with FlightSafety for the training schedule. For those wishing to study at their own pace, the AeroIT textbook is available for purchase at www.satcomdirect.com/aeroIT.

Geneva | May 19, 2015– Satcom Direct will be launching its new AeroIT certification and preparatory course to international clients at this year’s EBACE on stand D051. Launched in the USA in March 2015, it is the world’s first information technology certification for aviation and equips aircraft technicians with vital knowledge of today’s sophisticated airborne communications systems.

The Satcom Direct Training Programme, launched at EBACE 2014, currently offers training classes and technology seminars in Farnborough, Geneva, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Dubai. The programmes in each location are being expanded to include the AeroIT certification which was created by Satcom Direct in cooperation with CompTIA’s Examplify subsidiary. The existing courses cover all technical networks in aviation communications and are a suggested prerequisite for the AeroIT training that provides advanced knowledge and certification testing. A study guide is also available for self-guided preparation. The subsequent AeroIT certification proctored exam will be offered at any Pearson VUE testing center, worldwide. The certification is valid for three years and must then be renewed. Attendees will have the opportunity to register for the AeroIT prep course at the event.

“AeroIT expands upon the existing base of knowledge and focuses on the IT aspects of avionics systems. It’s a great way for technical team members to add value to their flight department and enhance their own professional development,” said Head of Training Sanaa Saadani.

Aircraft technicians need to be IT experts to efficiently serve owners’ and operators’ communications needs. Satcom Direct has developed AeroIT in response to this demand. It builds on the existing Training Programme, which includes a foundation course focusing on troubleshooting and SATCOM schematics. A course about Inmarsat aviation provides training on legacy and next generation Inmarsat systems, whilst an IP and voice course focuses on introducing maintenance and operational professionals to troubleshooting IP networks, which are vital to today’s aircraft.

“Satcom Direct is committed to investing in improving the knowledge base within the aviation industry to increase the effectiveness of corporate Flight Departments,” said Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct founder and CEO. “We recognize that the onboard IT systems are developing rapidly, and we want to be sure customers are confident and capable of supporting the technology. Offering this to our international client base is the next step in setting a standard for the industry, worldwide.”

All members of the Satcom Direct support staff are required to obtain AeroIT certification along with Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CompTIA Network+ credentials.

Satellite Beach, FL | March 5, 2015– Satcom Direct created AeroIT, an information technology certification built to help aviation personnel expand their knowledge of airborne communications and IT networking. The self-study guide is now available for order and registration for instructor-led training is now open.

AeroIT certification training classes will be held at Satcom Direct’s global headquarters in Satellite Beach, Florida. The study guide is also available for those who want to prepare for the certification exam on their own schedule.

“Today’s aircraft technicians need to know more than airframes and powerplants; they have to be IT experts as well. We introduced AeroIT to address this critical skills deficit,” said Jim Jensen, founder and CEO of Satcom Direct. “AeroIT equips flight departments with the knowledge to configure and troubleshoot onboard networks and SATCOM systems, which both enhances their professional development and supports our customers’ missions,” Jensen continued.

The first opportunity to enroll in AeroIT training was given to customers attending Satcom Direct’s annual Connecting with Customers technical training event this week in San Diego, with the first classes filling up quickly. The curriculum includes three days of instruction, as well as a fourth day of review, with the opportunity to take the exam.

The certification exam is offered at any Pearson VUE test center in the U.S. and will be available worldwide later this year. The AeroIT credential is valid for three years and then must be renewed. Additional levels of certification are in development to validate higher levels of mastery.

“We’re so committed to AeroIT certification that a new Pearson VUE test center is being installed in our global headquarters, currently under construction in Viera, Florida,” added Jensen. The facility will open in late 2015.

All members of the Satcom Direct sales and support staff are required to obtain the AeroIT certification.

Satellite Beach, FL | February 17, 2015– Satcom Direct has created an industry first with the launch of AeroIT: an information technology certification designed to help aircraft technicians expand their knowledge of today’s sophisticated airborne communications systems.

Because of the burgeoning demand for in-flight connectivity, aircraft technicians need to know more than airframes and powerplants; they have to be IT experts as well. To address this need, Satcom Direct developed AeroIT, the world’s first IT training and certification course for aviation. Designed specifically for aircraft systems, the training covers network configurations and troubleshooting, SATCOM systems and avionics.

“There is a strong need for IT knowledge in the flight department and no one was teaching that, not even colleges and universities,” said Jim Jensen, Satcom Direct founder and CEO. “Clients told us that they needed a greater understanding of networking, so we developed AeroIT to meet that need.”

Satcom Direct created the AeroIT certification in conjunction with CompTIA’s Examplify subsidiary to ensure the examination meets the standards held by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The certification is similar to other IT industry credentials and is a validation of technical knowledge. An AeroIT textbook that can be used for self-study is in development. The certification exam is offered at any Pearson VUE test center in the U.S., that currently offers CompTIA testing and there are plans to offer the exam at any test center worldwide later this year. The AeroIT credential is valid for three years and then must be renewed.

“We’re so committed to AeroIT certification that a new Pearson VUE test center is being installed in our worldwide headquarters, currently under construction in Viera, Florida,” added Jensen. The facility will open in late 2015.

All members of the Satcom Direct support staff are required to obtain Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CompTIA Network+ credentials, as well as the AeroIT certification.