Gulfstream Elevates the Airborne Office

Written by Keith Douglass | Aug 3, 2015 2:54:00 PM

G550, G450 Approved for Cutting Edge Satcom Direct Router

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has just announced approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the installation of the leading edge Satcom Direct Router (SDR) aboard it’s G450 and G550 aircraft models.

The new upgrade will deliver next-generation communications enhancements that provide passengers with a myriad of new benefits, empowering even greater levels of productivity and convenience on every flight.

Utilizing a combination of the best technologies and services available, the SDR works continuously to keep travelers connected—whether on the ground or in the air—anywhere in the world.

“This equipment elevates the airborne office to a new level,” said Mike West, vice president, Product Support Sales and New Business Development, Gulfstream.

Added West, “The addition of a smart router allows for more communications options in the cabin, including Satcom Direct’s GlobalVT, which allows passengers to use their personal smartphones to call and text in flight.”

He continued, “Just as they would if they were on the ground, outgoing calls show the passengers’ personal phone number and incoming calls display the number of the person calling them. This voice and text functionality is seamless, secure and available at any altitude, virtually anywhere in the world.”

The Satcom Direct Router (SDR) delivers worldwide 3G cellular connectivity with any service provider while on the ground, while providing the newest advances in data compression and acceleration. Passengers can make and receive calls, send and receive email messages, send and receive text messages, connect to the internet, and stream data.

The SDR is so advanced that it senses when the aircraft is on the ground—and automatically switches from satellite network to 3G service, ensuring users are always connected in the most cost-effective way.

SDR will also support mobile applications for onboard cabin services—including Flight Tracker and moving map—as well as command and control of satellite links, and real-time connectivity status reporting.

Currently SDR will interface with ViaSat’s Ku-band and Honeywell’s SwiftBroadband systems, but the router is also designed to work with future connectivity systems, such as Ka-band.

New G550 and G450 aircraft will come with SDRand related software installed, standard. And for in-service G450s and G550’s, SDR will be available for retrofit. Passengers will be able to download a related mobile app on their smartphones, providing access to Satcom Direct’s GlobalVT service—available exclusively from Gulfstream.

Weighing less than 10 pounds, the SDR is designed to be readily installed either inside the cabin or within the avionics bay.

Gulfstream’s own (company-owned) service centers have been provided the exclusive rights to perform SDR installations. Service centers are conveniently located Westfield, Massachusetts as well as Savannah, Georgia; West Palm Beach, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Appleton, Wisconsin; Las Vegas, Nevada; Long Beach, California; Luton, England; Sorocaba, Brazil; and Beijing.

Gulfstream is also currently pursuing related supplemental type certificates from the FAA to provide the SDR cabin communications enhancement to G650/G650ER, GIV and GV aircraft.

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