Viasat Inc., a global communications company, announced today its Ka-band ‘no speed limit’ business aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) service is now available on the super mid-size Gulfstream G280™ airframe.
Viasat removed internet speed limits delivered to G280 aircraft, which will enable passengers and crew an opportunity to maximize their ‘home-like connectivity’ in-flight experiences—with the fastest available business aviation IFC download speeds in the super mid-size business jet segment. The new Ka-band service plans enable concurrent use of business-critical productivity and entertainment apps from video-conferencing, accessing cloud content and email to enjoying high-definition streaming services, live TV and more.
Claudio D’Amico, business area director, Business Aviation, Viasat commented, “In working with Gulfstream to equip their G280 aircraft with our certified equipment, we can enable their customers to have a premium IFC experience. In fact, Gulfstream customers flying with our new ‘no speed limit’ service plans typically experience speeds greater than 40 Mbps, which gives them the freedom to enjoy the internet the way they want to from take-off to landing.”
How Viasat IFC works on the G280
Any Gulfstream G280 business jet equipped with Viasat’s Ka-band Global Aero Terminal 5510 will receive a premium cabin internet experience over the most heavily traveled flight routes. Today, this terminal can communicate with Viasat’s ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and KA-SAT satellite platforms, providing internet connectivity from California to the Mediterranean. The terminal will be forward-compatible with Viasat’s next-generation global satellite constellation, ViaSat-3, which will give G280 customers global connectivity, once the satellite system is fully launched and operational.
The Viasat business aviation IFC system has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA for installation and use on the G280. With this certification, Gulfstream can offer Viasat’s equipment as a customer option on the G280, enabling passengers, crew and pilots to have access to high-speed, high-quality IFC service.