Technicians who need to learn how to support aircraft communications systems can now take an IT training and certification course run by Satcom Direct. The company said the launch addressed growing demand for inflight connectivity. The AeroIT course is designed specifically for aircraft systems, covering 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’s 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 and the International Organization for Standardization. The company says the certification is similar to other IT industry credentials and is a validation of technical knowledge. An AeroIT textbook is in development. The certification exam is offered at any Pearson VUE test center in the USA that currently offers CompTIA testing and there are plans to offer the exam at any test center worldwide later in 2015. The AeroIT credential is valid for three years.
“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, USA,” added Jensen. The facility will open in late 2015.
All Satcom Direct support staff are required to obtain Cisco Certified Network Associate and CompTIA Network+ credentials, as well as the AeroIT certification.
NEXT WEEK ON THIS WEBSITE: Ken Bantoft, vice president of satcom technologies and development at Satcom Direct, will explain some of the intricacies of satcom and detail the company’s upcoming product launches.