GDC Technics develops new SatCom system

The Falcon 300 system was installed, tested and licensed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on a Boeing 737 for one of the company’s clients in the US.
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Updated 29 July 2020

GDC Technics develops new SatCom system

MAZ, a Saudi group specialized in aviation, information technology and environment protection, announced that GDC Technics — an aerospace company and member of MAZ group — has completed the development of the Falcon 300 system for satellite communication, which represents the future generation of SatCom (satellite-based communications) technologies. The system was installed, tested and licensed by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on a Boeing 737 for one of the company’s clients in the US. It achieved a connection speed between the airplane and the satellites, which is more than six times faster than the current speed.

The system is characterized by its ability to connect with future satellite technologies that are expected to operate in the coming years, ensuring full compatibility with future satellite systems for airlines. A communication antenna was also designed to be 40 percent more streamlined and 30 percent lighter than the currently used technologies, which will contribute to lowering the cost of fuel for airlines.

Mohammed Al-Zeer, chairman of MAZ and chairman of GDC Technics, said: “One of the group’s strategies is developing technical solutions for the global market as part of our humble efforts to contribute to Saudi Vision 2030. Thus at MAZ group, we take pride in this achievement accomplished by GDC Technics. We are also proud of MAZ group’s initiative to transfer its development to the global market, and we are currently working on settling this technology in the Kingdom.”

“The Falcon 300 is marked with a global precedence by exceeding a speed of 150 megabits per second for satellite communication between the plane and the satellite, a speed that is more than six times faster than the current available speeds. At MAZ, we will not stop at this achievement; we have already started to develop the second generation of the system, and our goal is to be the first company, on the international level, to go beyond the speed of 1 gigabit per second for satellite communication between the airplane and satellite,” he added.

It is worth noting that during the system test phase, a virtual meeting was held between members from Saudi Arabia, Europe and North America, and simultaneously, a number of devices were operated to download information and entertainment material, as well as live stream from different news and entertainment outlets with 4K technology. The test was successful and smooth and it was overseen by executive officials from the company.

MAZ’s initiative, called “Contributor” (Mousahim), aims at contributing to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, by creating research activities that aspire to develop global market technologies in the areas of improving the aircraft performance, satellite communication, information technology, and environment protection. The research activities resulted in 14 worldwide patents and five products for the international market.


Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

Updated 05 August 2020

Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

  • Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds
  • The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals

DUBAI: Khalaf Al Habtoor, the founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group (AHG), based in the UAE, is reaching out with timely aid for the Lebanese people after the massive explosion at a Beirut port on Tuesday, August 4, that devastated many neighborhoods, leaving more than a hundred dead people and thousands injured.

Al Habtoor, known for his philanthropic activities in the UAE and abroad, said he will extend all possible efforts within his means to aid the affected people in Lebanon as a first step of a multi-pronged assistance plan. As a first step, Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds. The hospitals to be aided through this initiative include Haroun Hospital, Al Makasid Hospital, Levant Hospital, Rizk Hospital, Rafic Hariri Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, Hrar.

Additionally, the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals, conducting at least 100 operations for those injured in the explosion. To help those who require much needed recovery and recuperation assistance, the hospital will also rent out a nearby hotel, which will act as a temporary off-site field hospital for post-operative care and treatment.

More than 300,000 people have been left homeless by the blast, which tore through several dozen neighborhoods close to the port area, razing several buildings and shattering glass windows in a much wider area outside the blast zone. Two hotels owned by Habtoor Hospitality in Beirut, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Metropolitan Palace, have been damaged in the fallout of the explosion.

Al Habtoor said: “The country and people of Lebanon have always had a special place in my heart. This explosion which has devastated the capital city in the midst of an already severe economic crisis has left the common people badly shaken. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and will leave no stone unturned in reaching them the best possible emergency and medical aid, post-operative care and temporary accommodation for those rendered homeless by the tragic event.”

He added that the cries of the Lebanese people for help have been heard and that it was important to respond by offering the right kind of assistance and treatment, in terms of quantity, quality and the timing it reaches the people.

The visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist has extended generous contribution to Lebanon in various forms over the last decade, including refugee aid programs, Ramadan campaigns, wintertime distribution of food packages and blankets, the establishment of The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, and a multitude of charitable donations.