Satcom-Capable Phones Now Available To Owners
Premier Aircraft Sales tell ANN the company recently became a
distributor for Satcom Direct, Inc's Iridium-based handheld global
"A high-performance aircraft such as a Mooney Acclaim or a
Diamond DA40 XL can be excellent business tool and provide
tremendous flexibility in serving the needs of your customers but
often communication while en route is difficult," stated Earle
Boyter, Vice President of Premier Aircraft Sales.
"Satcom Direct gives us the ability to offer to our customers a
method of air-to-ground communication that is thousands of dollars
less than an air phone and provides all the benefits of global
"Because the Iridium 9505A handheld satellite phone is not
installed in the aircraft, it is perfect for general aviation,"
added Tracy McLendon, Marketing Coordinator, Satcom Direct. "Pilots
can take the phone with them wherever they go."
McLendon adds the only components actually installed in the
aircraft are the top-mounted GPS L1 antenna, and the Aero Cable
"We have sold and delivered a number of Mooney and Diamond
airplanes which travel throughout the Caribbean and Central and
South America. The Iridium satellite phone will be the perfect
complement to owners who frequently fly in areas with no or limited
cell phone coverage," Boyter added.
Along with the ability to call to and from anywhere while on the
ground, an optional adapter allows pilots to plug the Iridium phone
into the aircraft's audio system, and use their headset to make
phone calls to FSS, FBOs or to a home or office. In the event of a
comm failure, they can also use the battery-powered Iridium
satellite phone to contact ATC or control towers to obtain
A unique feature of the Iridum system is the optional Global One
Number, which provides one 10-digit telephone number that is
available anywhere in the world.