Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a California-based communications company, has announced the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for business aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) system, the company said.
The certificate was granted through Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., certifying the use of its Ka-band IFC system on the Gulfstream G650 and Gulfstream G650ER business jets. When combined with its prior FAA STC for the Viasat Ku-band system, Gulfstream operators get a tail-mounted Dual-band (Ka-Ku) service offering.
Receiving the Ka-band STC ensures passengers and crew flying on Gulfstream´s G650 and G650ER receive a premium cabin internet experience over the most heavily traveled flight routes.
The STC is for Viasat´s Global Aero Terminal 5510, which taps into the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and European Ka-band satellite platform, and is expected to be forward-compatible with Viasat´s next-generation satellite systems.
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