GDC Technics completes head-of-state B777-300ER modification

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GDC Technics has delivered a B777-300ER completed with exterior modifications and a fully customised interior cabin for a confidential head-of-state customer.

The wide-body aircraft was completed under the GDC cabin weight reduction initiative using innovative, lighter weight engineering solutions resulting in overall weight savings for the aircraft. In addition, GDC was able to achieve noise levels below 50 decibels in the VIP areas of the aircraft. Furthermore, the aircraft was customised with a GDC engineered and certified modular lower lobe crew rest compartment that comprises of six sleeping pods with full capabilities for the crew to utilise during longer flights.

The cabin also features in-flight data, connectivity, and passenger comfort capabilities for full range IFE functionality. The exterior modifications includes a full security system, forward- looking, quad, downward zoom, and tail fin cameras, and world-wide connectivity – including a duel satcom system, Ka-band antenna, Iridium system, and satellite TV antenna to provide live, 4K Television.

The aircraft was also equipped with lower lobe fly-away kits that contain all materials necessary for on-site repairs and/or interior improvements during travel. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, the final certification and approval of the aircraft was facilitated via a live-stream video with the FAA to witness and complete its compliance inspection, resulting in the FAA Issuing an “Achievement Award” to the certification team.

Viasat connects Bombardier Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 business Jets

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Viasat’S Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) business aviation service will be available aboard new and in-service Bombardier Challenger 350 aircraft, as well as on in-service Challenger 300 aircraft.

Viasat expects to have its FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for the jets by the end of October 2020.

“Our goal is to give passengers flying on Bombardier Challenger aircraft an enhanced connectivity experience through all phases of flight,” said Claudio D’Amico, business area director, Business Aviation, Viasat. “We’re confident our new Ka-band service offerings will deliver a no-compromise, premium, home-like connectivity experience for Bombardier’s super mid-size business jets.”

Viasat recently announced it had removed internet speed limits delivered to the aircraft across all of its business aviation Ka-band service plans. In recent speed tests, Viasat customers have seen 40 Mbps and higher download speeds across the new service plans.

Bombardier enhances cabin experience of Challenger 350

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Bombardier has announced a new suite of cabin enhancements for the Challenger 350, which will be available later this year.

New features include the introduction of Viasat’s high-speed Ka-band connectivity. This offering will be available on new and in-service Challenger 350 aircraft, as well as on all in-service Challenger 300-series aircraft.

Bombardier is also refreshing the user interface for the cabin management system aboard the Challenger 350 aircraft, taking inspiration from the design of Bombardier’s Global 7500 aircraft, to include side ledge touchscreens and a new, platform-specific app, which integrates moving maps.

Customers will also have an expanded cabin design selection thanks to a collection of sophisticated and contemporary interior design schemes that strike the perfect balance between aesthetics and ergonomics.

Bombardier has made several other recent enhancements to the Challenger 350 aircraft, including class-leading cabin sound-proofing technology, refined cockpit aesthetics and an available Head-up Display (HUD) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

“The Challenger 350 aircraft stays on top because it’s the best, and these new features set this business jet even further apart from competitors,” Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Customers prefer this aircraft because it offers performance without compromise and a cabin experience you can’t find anywhere else in this category.”

Viasat removes Ka-band speed limits for biz av customers

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Viasat has removed internet speed limits and doubled its minimum committed internet speed to
Ka-band business aviation customers who now also have the option to subscribe to Viasat Unlimited Streaming, which allows passengers to access online media services without impacting monthly data allowances.

“Today’s offering delivers a completely new and premium in-flight experience made possible by Viasat’s innovative technology,” said Claudio D’Amico, business area director, Business Aviation, Viasat. “We believe this key differentiator is expected to dramatically change the onboard connectivity experience for Viasat’s business aviation Ka-band customers. By removing speed limits, we are creating a home-like connectivity experience for mid-cabin to large- and long-range business jets.”

The Viasat Ka-band business aviation IFC solution uses 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. Forward-compatibility allows customers to install the Viasat shipset and subscribe to a Viasat service package today, with assurances that they can access additional satellite capacity, including larger data volumes and expanded coverage once Viasat launches its ViaSat-3 satellite constellation.

Gilat powering Qingdao Airlines’ IFEC service

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China’s Qingdao Airlines has begun serving passengers with an in-flight entertainment and connectivity service, based on Gilat Satellite Networks’ Taurus aero modem.

The service is provided by China Satcom, over CS-16 Ka-HTS satellite together with its partner China TDT LINK (contents/service provider to passengers). The whole Ka-band IFEC system was integrated by Chinese system integrator FTS, who received the relevant STC/VSTC early this year and retrofitted on the aircraft.

“Gilat is proud to have been selected by our long-term partners China Satcom and FTS, and most pleased with the joint effort of integrating our proven IFC modem, Taurus, to enable opening of the Chinese skies for broadband connectivity,” said Yuan Si, China Country Manager for Gilat. “Gilat views China as a strategic focus area, and this success marks yet another important landmark in Gilat’s vision of enabling plentiful quality affordable broadband connectivity everywhere. We look forward to continued collaboration with our strategic partners, to jointly reap the benefits of this multi-million-dollar China IFC market.”