Satellite TV System Offered for Corporate Jets

Recently we reported on KVH Industry’s entry into the satellite antenna on aircraft market.

This week Aviation International News reported on a low cost satellite TV system for corporate jets. The article said Flight Display Systems (FDS) and The Maintenance Group won an FAA STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) for Ellipse TV, a new low-cost (under $100,000 without installation) airborne satellite TV system.

The article says FDS claims the antenna can be installed on “virtually any corporate aircraft, from turboprop singles to large-cabin jets.”

The system is designed to receive DirecTV satellite signals in the continental United States and up to 200 miles offshore.

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Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.