Viasat, a global communications company, has announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the company’s Ka-band In-flight Connectivity (IFC) solution for Gulfstream G450 aircraft, a large cabin jet often deployed on long-distance, international expeditions.
With this Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) awarded by the FAA, Viasat’s Ka-band connectivity system is now available on more than 20 platforms, including super mid-cabin through to large cabin, long range business aircraft.
With over 300 Gulfstream G450 aircraft in the market, demand is considerable among operators for Viasat’s Wi-Fi solution, which enables similar connectivity onboard as experienced on the ground, including the ability to video conference, stream, access corporate VPN and use other business-critical applications during all phases of flight.
This level of consistent, high-quality connectivity is made possible by Viasat’s satellite network capacity, which is designed to accommodate current and future broadband demand from increasingly data-hungry applications. In fact, it is not uncommon across Viasat’s Business Aviation Ka-band network for a single aircraft to use more than one GB per hour, with streaming and browsing primarily driving data usage.
“Viasat’s high speed and high-quality Ka connectivity is at long last available to Gulfstream G450 aircraft operators,” said Claudio D’Amico, Viasat’s Business Area Director, Business Aviation. “With over 90% of business aviation routes covered by our Ka network, our solution is a great fit for operators that want fast, reliable connectivity that matches the long-range profile of this aircraft.”Click below to share this article