Satcom Direct and Polaris Aero Team Up to Strengthen Flight Risk Assessment for Business Aviation

SD completes Polaris Aero FlightRisk Integration

Melbourne, FL. / 25 February 2021 – Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider is teaming up with Polaris Aero, the flight risk analysis and safety management system (SMS) provider to enhance the risk assessment and mitigation process for mutual SD and Polaris customers.

The new integrated data solution enables SD PreFlight users to automatically send tail number, trip planning and duty information data to the Polaris FlightRisk® application. The Polaris system analyses the data to provide an immediate, relevant, risk assessment for each flight. The high-level risk analysis is displayed to users in the SD PreFlight module, accessed via the SD Pro® digital flight operations platform, to determine if any action or flight plan modifications are needed. A single click enables users to seamlessly switch to the Polaris FlightRisk interface for richer in-depth analysis about any hazards identified and recommendations for risk mitigation.

SD and Polaris customers benefit from significant time savings and improved accuracy as each analysis uses real-time data provided by the SD PreFlight module to streamline the risk assessment process. The automated transfer of the planning data from the SD system to the Polaris FlightRisk application replaces the need to double up on manually entering information into the SMS. Errors are reduced and synchronized information exchange delivers immediate, validated mission critical information. UPDATE: SD PreFlight customers are now benefiting from a FlightRisk subscription to enable comprehensive understanding of the additional functionality advantages.

“In today’s dynamic flying environment, Polaris is bringing flight risk analysis into the 21st century by applying thousands of data points that traditional risk analysis methods may exclude. This generates accurate risk assessment enabling pilots and flight planners to make better informed, objective flight-planning decisions. At SD we are focused on delivering trustworthy data via SD Pro to underpin decision making. With the integration of Polaris we are enabling shared, proactive risk mitigation which improves business aviation safety and continues to raise the standards of the sector,” said Chris Moore, president business aviation Satcom Direct.

An open architecture platform, SD Pro adds value to the user experience through the integration of third-party suppliers. The SD PreFlight module synchronizes planning information from multiple sources into a single dashboard, allowing operators to more efficiently schedule, manage and operate their aircraft. FlightRisk from Polaris is an advanced risk assessment system that provides real-time hazard identification and custom advisory messages. The latest integration enables pilots, operators, and flight departments to strengthen safety management systems through heightened awareness, communications and efficiency.

Chris Connor, CEO of Polaris Aero adds, “Through our relationship with SD we can deliver relevant and immediate risk analysis to pilots based on their specific mission as entered into the SD PreFlight module. The multiple data points relating to pilot, environmental, airfield and aircraft supports pro-active hazard identification and the objective analysis of the threats delivers practical detailed recommendations about necessary flight planning modifications. The alliance gives our mutual customers detailed information on which to base pro-active risk mitigation strategies, which is vital for an effective SMS.”

Photo caption: Polaris FlightRisk accessed through SD PreFlight Module.
High res available on request.


About Satcom Direct: Satcom Direct (SD) and its group of companies provides global connectivity solutions for business and general aviation, military, government, and head-of-state aircraft. The company also provides land mobile services to areas with connectivity limitations. Since 1997, SD has worked to advance the technology of global connectivity, being first to market with many new capabilities in communications. SD’s industry-leading connectivity solutions are complemented by its divisional capabilities, including SD Avionics cabin router systems and SD flight operations software. The company’s next generation of services help to synchronize the aircraft with the flight department, connecting the entire flight operation. SD’s technologies provide the most powerful integrated data platform in the industry.

A premier Inmarsat Distribution Partner, Iridium service partner, and Viasat preferred reseller, SD is also the Master Distributor of FlexExec. SD World Headquarters and primary operations center is located in Melbourne, Florida, with additional office locations in the United States, Canada, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and South Africa. For more information regarding SD, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call U.S. +1.321.777.3000 or UK +44.1252.554.460.


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