Viasat IFC now available on G650 and G650ER
Viasat’s business aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) system has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA through Gulfstream Aerospace, for the Gulfstream G650 and Gulfstream G650ER business jets. When combined with its prior FAA STC for the Viasat Ku-band system, Gulfstream operators now have access to a tail-mounted Dual-band (Ka-Ku) service.
“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. Available today, Gulfstream large cabin G650 and G650ER business jet customers can use either the Viasat Ka-band, Ku-band or the Dual-band IFC systems.