Viasat's Ku System Approved for Challenger 604/605/650

 - April 30, 2021, 11:31 AM

Viasat’s Ku Advanced in-flight connectivity (IFC) system is now available for Bombardier Challenger 604, 605, and 650 business jets following STC approval from the FAA, the California-based satcom provider announced this week. The Ku Advanced IFC system offers improved performance and coverage over existing air-to-ground or satellite L-band systems, according to Viasat.

“With this new STC, current Challenger business jet owners and operators no longer need to be left behind using a sub-par IFC system,” said Viasat business area director for business aviation Claudio D’Amico. “We are paving the way for them to cost-effectively take advantage of Viasat’s increased speeds and near-global coverage offered through the Ku Advanced service.”

The system is being sold through Viasat’s MRO partners at prices that start around $300,000, including installation. The STC was secured through a collaboration with Aerospace Design & Compliance. FAA-approved IFC hardware is available.