Viasat has secured FAA approval for its business aviation Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) system for the Gulfstream G280 airframe.

Viasat is currently going through an In-Service Evaluation (ISE) with a number of Gulfstream G280 operators through January 2020. Viasat’s Ka-band solution is expected to be available as a customer option in the first quarter of 2020.

“Achieving STC approval demonstrates the flight worthiness of Viasat’s Ka-band in-flight connectivity equipment for use on super-midsize business jets,” said Claudio D’Amico, business area director, Business Aviation, Viasat. “In working with Gulfstream we are now ready to bring faster internet speeds, more capacity for streaming and a forward-compatible connectivity solution to the skies. This system will allow any G280 owner to have an onboard internet access system with exceptional quality, performance and speed. Initial operator feedback from the ongoing evaluations has been positive, and we are excited to make Viasat’s Ka-band solution available to all G280 customers in the first quarter of 2020.”

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