Viasat’s business aviation in-flight connectivity system has received an STC from the FAA that certifies the use of its Ka-band satcom system aboard Gulfstream G650 and G650ER business jets. Combined with Viasat’s earlier STC for its Ku-band system, it will offer Gulfstream customers as much as 40 Mbps of speed under the dual-band system.
Specifically, the STC applies to Viasat’s Global Aero Terminal 5510, which accesses the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2, and European Ka-band satellite platform and features compatibility with Viasat’s next-generation satellites. That will enable customers who install the terminal shipset and subscribe to Viasat’s service to receive more satellite capacity—more data volume, expanded coverage, and higher speeds—when the company launches its ViaSat-3 satellite constellation.
FAA STC approval also comes on the heels of Viasat removing connectivity speed limits for business aviation customers of its Ka-band network. “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,” said Viasat business area director for business aviation Claudio D’Amico.