Gulfstream has received a third STC for installation of high-speed Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) data systems, this time in the ultra-long-range G550/G500. The approval opens the door for installations of equipment used for connecting laptop computers and other Web-enabled devices with the Arinc SkyLink and Direct broadband satellite data service.
Last October, Gulfstream received its first BBML-related STC, for a GIV, which allowed the business jet manufacturer to conduct initial in-service evaluations. A month later, Gulfstream received a multi-aircraft STC for the GV, which cleared the way for any GV operator to have the BBML hardware installed. Gulfstream expects to receive another multiple STC, for the G350 and G450, later this year.
Claimed to be the fastest such service available for business aircraft, BBML offers download speeds as fast as 3.5 megabytes per second, Gulfstream claims. The system consists of a dish antenna mounted under the tail radome, an antenna control unit, a transceiver router and a cabin file server.