Flying Colours completes Ka-band IFC install on Gulfstream GV

Flying Colours install its first Ka-band inflight connectivity on a Gulfstream GV.
Flying Colours install its first Ka-band inflight connectivity on a Gulfstream.

North America-based completions and MRO specialist Flying Colours Corp., has completed its first Inmarsat Jet ConneX Ka-band inflight connectivity installation on a Gulfstream GV air frame.

The installation by the Flying Colours avionics team required the mounting of the radome, tail antenna and cabin hardware to bring powerful connectivity to the cabin and flight-deck.

The work, part of a major refurbishment of the cabin interior, and revamp of the fuselage exterior, was completed at its Peterborough, Ontario. headquarters.

The Jet ConneX service, supplied through the Honeywell JetWave hardware, is powered by Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite constellation to deliver ultra-high-speed broadband connectivity to the aircraft.

Honeywell's lightweight tail-mounted Ka-band antenna for bizjets.
Honeywell’s lightweight tail-mounted JetWave Ka-band antenna for bizjets.

Web-surfing, voice calls and texting, the use of messaging apps, email exchange, gaming, streaming television and video services are now available throughout the cabin.

Onboard hardware serves data via the WiFi system to multiple personal devices carried on board, as well as the aircraft’s own cabin management and inflight entertainment systems which were also upgraded as part of the major refurbishment project.

Kevin Kliethermes, Director of Sales for Flying Colours, said: “Passengers increasingly want to replicate their terrestrial digital lifestyle, entertainment and communication options in the air. Ka-band, more sophisticated CMS and a growing array of satellite services make this possible.

“We anticipate we will be carrying out many more installations like this one across a range of airframes over the next twelve months.”

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