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.