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SKYTRAC and Mecaer Aviation complete AW139 STC for the SDL-350

February 29, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

SKYTRAC Systems and the Mecaer Aviation Group, a provider of solutions for aircraft systems and services with locations in Montreal, Philadelphia and Italy, have completed a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada (TCCA) certified AW139 Standard Type Certification (STC) for the SDL-350.

This STC completion was a collaborative effort between SKYTRAC and Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG). Both companies worked together to complete flight testing, installation, and certification of the SDL-350 device on MAG’s VIP client’s AW139. The certification of the SDL-350 on the AW139 is one of the first STCs SKYTRAC has completed for the SDL-350.

Due to the diverse nature of this aircraft type, this STC will allow current and future SKYTRAC AW139 clients to utilize the Certus broadband connectivity to meet all operational requirements.

“As one of the first integrators of the SDL-350, the Mecaer Aviation Group is glad to have been able to assist in completing this STC with SKYTRAC,” said Daren Humphries, Sales Manager, Corporate Aircraft, Mecaer Aviation. “Helping to certify the SDL-350 will enable our client to have the highest bandwidth connectivity available on the market to access all of the capabilities they require inflight.”


The SDL-350 is being utilized by MAG’s IFEEL inflight entertainment and connectivity system. This inflight entertainment (IFE) and CMS proprietary system, explains SKYTRAC, can be tailored to any customer requirement with in-house design of software, system architecture, functions, and graphics interface.

“We are excited to have completed the AW139 STC alongside the Mecaer Aviation Group,” said Luke Billington, Regional Business Manager at SKYTRAC. “As one of the first STCs for the SDL-350, this milestone will allow us to continue serving the helicopter industry with the leading intelligent connectivity solutions SKYTRAC is known for.”

With up to 704 Kbps uplink speeds, the SDL-350 provides leading Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity and speeds that enable operators to take advantage of a host of mission-critical capabilities. As a multifunctional system, the SDL-350 enables various mission services, including Satellite and Cellular Connectivity for Cabin and Crew, Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Communications, Automated Post-Flight Data Offloading, Real-Time Video Downlinking, VoIP Communications, Satellite Push-to-Talk, Flight Data Monitoring, and more.

The SDL-350 has more STCs in development across these various segments set to be completed this year.


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