SD FDF chosen for new G500, G600 and G650ER aircraft


The FlightDeck Freedom (FDF) flight deck communications platform from Satcom Direct (SD) has been chosen as the default datalink system for in-production Gulfstream G500, G600 and G650ER aircraft. Initial line-fits have already been completed.

Operators of Gulfstream aircraft can now optimise the FDF platform, which includes configurable features and monitoring of industry datalink compliance, designed to support secure and reliable datalink services between crew, air traffic control and ground personnel.

The open architecture design facilitates integration with third-party services, including trip planning, as well as a suite of automated features operating in parallel with traditional datalink functions. SD said automated alerting improves operations workflow, heightens crew situational awareness and enhances safety, while GeoNotifications and automated monitoring provide real-time alerts about hazardous situations caused by weather- or security-related events. The company added that the reliability of passenger connectivity is also bolstered as the FDF platform advises flight crews of sensitive airspace, potential outage or coverage loss situations.

“FlightDeck Freedom is much more than datalink,” said John Kummer, vice president of strategy and programmes at Satcom Direct. “As part of the SD connectivity eco-system, it keeps the entire flight department and crew synced with the aircraft for more efficient flight operations. FDF provides critical data to support service monitoring and plays a significant part in communicating dynamic situational changes during flight. This augmented support for flight crew, ground personnel and passengers raises industry standards by improving safety and compliance levels through bolstered communications, and we are proud that Gulfstream has selected SD for its flight deck service.”

Introducing the FDF datalink for the named Gulfstream models furthers the existing relationship between SD and the OEM. Initiated in 2017, the Gulfstream Connected Services programme provides operators with connectivity solutions, and is supported by SD exclusively providing cabin and cockpit service plans. With the introduction of FDF to the flight deck, and as part of the SD connectivity eco-system of software, hardware and infrastructure, Gulfstream operators can now generate a digital footprint of the aircraft history from its born-on date. SD said this digital heritage provides better visibility into aircraft performance, management and operations to deliver an enriched ownership experience.

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