Viasat (Booth C9020) has received FAA approval for its high-speed KA-band in-flight connectivity system for Gulfstream’s super-midsize G280 twinjet, the satcom service provider announced at NBAA-BACE 2019. The system enables passengers and flight crews the ability to conduct multi-site video conference calling and access corporate VPN networks, email, video streaming, live TV, and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Previously, the onboard equipment required for high-speed connectivity was too big for any but large-cabin jets.
“We are now ready to bring faster internet speeds, more capacity for streaming, and a forward-compatible connectivity solution to the skies,” said Viasat’s Claudio D’Amico, business area director, Business Aviation. “Initial operator feedback has been positive.”
Pending successful conclusion of a current in-service evaluation, the high-speed broadband solution will be available in the first quarter of 2020 as a customer option for G280 buyers.
Offering speeds up to 16 Mbps on its entry-level service plan, the connectivity solution uses Viasat’s Global Aero Terminal 5510, and taps into ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2, and European Ka-band satellite platforms, and is expected to be forward-compatible with the California company’s future-generation satellite constellation, ViaSat3. The 5510, comprised of just three line-replaceable units, offers a lighter and more compact installation than previous connectivity systems found on large cabin and executive airliner aircraft, and it can be installed in non-pressurized areas of the airframe.