Viasat Receives Supplemental Type Certificate to Provide High-Speed In-Flight Connectivity on Gulfstream G650 and G650ER Large Cabin Business Jets
CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced its business aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) system received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., certifying the use of its Ka-band IFC system on the Gulfstream G650™ and Gulfstream G650ER™ business jets. When combined with its prior FAA STC for the Viasat Ku-band system, Gulfstream operators get a powerful tail-mounted Dual-band (Ka-Ku) service offering.
A premium Ka-band IFC experience
Viasat recently removed internet speed limits delivered to the aircraft across all of its business aviation Ka-band service plans. The move represents an industry-first and provides an entirely new premium IFC experience for its Ka-band and hybrid (Dual-band) business jet customers. The new service plans offer uncapped speeds made possible by the world's highest-capacity satellite network combined with Viasat's compact and lightweight hardware. In recent Ka-band speed tests, customers have seen 40 Mbps and higher across the new service plans, allowing for a more enriched in-flight connectivity experience.
Optimizing IFC experiences with Dual-band connectivity
"Combining our Ka- and Ku-band solutions will allow passengers aboard the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER to experience the fastest cabin internet speeds available in business aviation," said Claudio D'Amico, business area director, Business Aviation, Viasat. "As a result, Gulfstream's longest-range jet passengers and crew will be able to simultaneously experience high-speed internet connections for streaming high-quality content and accessing critical business and entertainment applications. We believe that Viasat's industry-leading connectivity combined with Gulfstream's performance standard creates tremendous value."
The STC is for Viasat's Global Aero Terminal 5510, which taps into the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and European Ka-band satellite platform, and is expected to be forward-compatible with Viasat's next-generation satellite systems. Forward-compatibility will allow customers to install the Viasat shipset and subscribe to a Viasat service package today, and be able to access additional satellite capacity, including larger data volumes, expanded coverage, and higher speeds once Viasat launches its ViaSat-3 satellite constellation.
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