Flying Colours has begun its first Ka-band installation on a super-mid-size, privately owned Bombardier Challenger 604.
As part of a wider 96-month heavy maintenance check the Flying Colours Corp. avionics team will equip the aircraft with a Honeywell JetWave Ka-band high-speed satcom system. Installation of a tail-mounted antenna, internal wiring, and fitting of a Satcom Direct Router (SDR) will optimise cabin connectivity and Wi-Fi access in-flight.
“The installation of Ka-band on larger jets is the norm, but this is the first Challenger 604 that we have upgraded to the high-speed offering. It highlights the growing importance of connectivity across the aviation spectrum,” said Executive VP, Flying Colours, Eric Gillespie. “Our customer recognised the many benefits of the higher frequency service and how it enhances the flight experience, especially on international flights. The upgrade was available through the Bombardier Service Bulletin and we’re excited to make the installation. Looking forward we anticipate we’ll be seeing more requests for faster connectivity solutions on a wider number of airframe sizes as connectivity becomes a lead priority for owners and operators.”