SD Completes Integration of Polaris Aero FlightRisk® into SD Pro® Preflight Module

Melbourne, FL. / 8 September 2021Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, has completed the integration of the Polaris Aero FlightRisk®, advanced risk analysis system, into the PreFlight module of the SD Pro® digital flight operations platform.

Mutual customers of SD and Polaris Aero now have immediate access to the full scope of the multiple-data-source risk assessment and mitigation advisories generated by FlightRisk, directly from the SD scheduling, PreFlight module.  As scheduled flight data is inputted into SD PreFlight, it is automatically transferred to the Polaris FlightRisk tool. The information exchange returns immediate, validated mission critical information, which is displayed in the SD PreFlight module. The automated sharing of data reduces errors by negating the need to double-up on manually entering information into the SMS.

With the high-level risk analysis the flight operations team and crew can make informed decisions about any necessary flight plan modifications.  Users can seamlessly switch to the Polaris FlightRisk interface with a single click, for richer in-depth analysis about any hazards identified, and further recommendations for risk mitigation.  To support the integration, and ensure users maximise the full scope of the FlightRisk tool, education and training is being made available to all SD customers via Entry-into-Service workshops, training videos, and online manuals, accessible through SD Pro support tools.

“With this alliance we are harnessing the power of data management to deliver crucial, trustworthy information directly to the flight department and crew. The ability to access this repository of information through a single platform improves efficiencies, while providing real-time risk analysis to underpin critical decision making. This enhances safety and situational awareness, which is vital in today’s dynamic aviation landscape,” said Jim Jensen, Founder and CEO, Satcom Direct.

Chris Connor, CEO of Polaris Aero adds, “The ability to immediately analyze risk based on specific missions, as entered into the SD PreFlight module, is invaluable across the flight department. The multiple data points relating to pilot, environment, airfield, and aircraft ensure a comprehensive hazard assessment. This objective analysis allows our mutual customers to review detailed recommendations about necessary flight planning modifications from a single dashboard. Our alliance with SD reduces pilot workload, which results in safer skies for all.”

An open architecture platform, the SD Pro digital flight management system adds value to the user experience through integration of carefully selected third-party suppliers. The synchronized planning information, which originates from multiple sources, is integrated into a single dashboard, to support more efficient scheduling, management and operation of aircraft. FlightRisk from Polaris is an advanced risk assessment system that provides real-time hazard identification and custom advisory messages. The completed integration enables pilots, operators, and flight departments to strengthen safety management systems through heightened awareness, communications and efficiency.

Photo caption: SD completes Polaris Aero FlightRisk integration into SD Pro


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 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 Intelsat 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, and Brazil. For more information regarding SD, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call U.S. +1.321.777.3000 or UK +44.1252.554.460.