Viasat Achieves Supplemental Type Certificate for its Ka-band In-flight Connectivity System

posted on 23rd May 2019 by William Hayes

Viasat announced at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Ka-band in-flight connectivity system on super midsize cabin business jets. 

Following certification, the Global Aero Terminal 5510 system was installed on its first aircraft, with several additional  installations underway.

“We are making positive headway in the business aviation market – with our kit certified, first retrofit installed and several more deployments in progress,” said Claudio D’Amico, business area director, Business Aviation, Viasat.

The STC allows Viasat to install its terminal, wiring, server and wireless access points on-board business and VIP aircraft. 

Physically the smallest business aviation internet system on the market, the Global Aero Terminal 5510 currently taps into the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and KA-SAT European Ka-band satellite platforms and is expected to be compatible with the planned ViaSat-3 satellite constellation in the future.