Viasat’s Ka-band inflight connectivity system has received type certification from the FAA, European Union Aviation Safety Agency and Brazil’s ANAC for the Embraer Praetor 600. The system will be offered as a line-fit option on the super-midsize jet. Using Viasat’s Global Aero Terminal 5510, it will be compatible with ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2, and European Ka-band satellites, as well as ViaSat’s next-generation ViaSat-3 satellite with no additional hardware upgrades.
“Praetor 600 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,” said ViaSat Business Aviation business area director Claudio D’Amico. “The forward compatibility of this system will allow the Praetor 600 to take advantage of Viasat's continual innovation, ensuring an onboard connectivity experience recognized for its quality, performance, and speed.”
The compact design of the Global Aero Terminal 5510 means that it lowers overall installed system weight. It can also be installed in non-pressurized areas of the aircraft, Viasat said.