Tue, Oct 12, 2004
FAA STC Brings Internet Service to In-Flight Passengers Onboard
Large-Cabin Gulfstream Business Jet
Gulfstream says that they are the
first classic business-jet manufacturer to offer ultra-high speed
Internet connection capability during flight.
The FAA recently issued a STC for the first installation of
Gulfstream’s Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) system on a GIV
Through SKYLinkSM by ARINC Direct broadband service, access to
the Internet is more than 10 times faster than the most widely used
in-flight, “high-speed” data service. Costs for this
service are significantly lower than typical service fees on
“With data speeds of up to 3.5 megabytes per second, the
transition from the ground-based office to the airborne office will
be seamless,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president,
programs, engineering and test, Gulfstream.
“Customers who require instant
access to information to conduct business can now to stay in
constant touch with the world 45,000 feet below them.”
This dedicated satellite-based system also can tie directly into
an existing office Voice-Over Internet Protocol telephone network.
Executives simply dial the same four- or five-digit extension
they’d use in the office to reach a coworker.
FAA approval to install the Broad Band Multi-Link system on
G550, G500 and GV aircraft is expected in the fourth quarter of
this year. For the G450 and G350, it is expected by the first
quarter of next year. Gulfstream also anticipates the system will
be available for installation on all aircraft in the second quarter
of next year, pending unlimited operational approval from the
The Broad Band Multi-Link system is comprised of a dish antenna
mounted under the tail radome of the aircraft, an antenna control
unit, a transceiver router and Gulfstream’s exclusive
advanced cabin server. In addition to large-cabin Gulfstream
aircraft, the BBML system will be available for installation on
other business jet manufacturers’ aircraft at
Gulfstream’s Appleton, Wis., and Dallas facilities.
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