Viasat has announced the certification of its Ka-band business jet connectivity solution for use on the Embraer Praetor 600 super-midsize jet. Type certification has been awarded by the FAA< EASA and ANAC, with the system being offered as a line-fit option for purchasers of the new plane.
The Praetor 600 is the newest business jet from Brazilian planemaker Embraer. The type secured a $1.4bn order from Flexjet last month and has proven to be one of the fastest-selling business jets in Embraer’s line up.
Viasat secure line fitting rights
The certification of Viasat’s Ka-band IFC solution by the regulators will come as good news for customers considering the midsized business jet. The optional system has the capacity and coverage to enable bandwidth-intensive services at all stages of flight on the most popular routes around the world.
Not only that, but Viasat’s system is now being offered as a line-fit option, meaning the Embraer jet can arrive all set up and ready to go. The system on the table is Viasat’s Global Aero Terminal 5510, which uses capacity from ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and its European Ka-band satellite. It is also forward compatible with Viasat’s forthcoming next-gen ViaSat-3.
Claudio D’Amico, business area director, Business Aviation at Viasat commented in a press release,
“We are very excited with the opportunity to be selected as a line fit connectivity option for the Praetor aircraft family. Praetor owners will have access to Viasat’s Ka-band in-flight connectivity system which leverages its unrivaled capacity enabling an amazing customer experience.
“Praetor 600 passengers and crew will be able to simultaneously experience high-speed internet connections for streaming high-quality content and accessing critical business and entertainment applications. The forward compatibility of this system will allow the Praetor 600 to take advantage of Viasat’s continual innovation, ensuring an onboard connectivity experience recognized for its quality, performance and speed.”
Viasat says that the Global Aero Terminal 5510 is a perfect solution for midsized business jets as its one of the most compact WiFi systems on the market. As it can be installed in the non-pressurized areas of the aircraft, it doesn’t take up room in the baggage hold and offers fuel-saving potential thanks to its low system weight compared to its competitors.
Viasat and Embraer have a long-held partnership, the two collaborating most recently on inflight connectivity for the Legacy 450 and 500s.
The Praetor 600
Embraer delivered its first Praetor 600 in June this year. Dubbed the new ‘super-midsize business jet’, the first aircraft was delivered to an undisclosed European customer. This followed a super quick certification of the type, taking just six months from the type announcement to the certification. It’s the first super-midsized business jet to be certified in five years.
The aircraft is the best performing super-midsize jet in the world, capable of flying in excess of 4,000nm at cruise speed. Its mega range facilitates travel between destinations as far-flung as London to New York, Dubai to London and Sao Paulo to Miami.
Embraer originally advertised the Praetor 600 as being available with Gogo’s ATG WiFi system on board. However, this would only work in mainland USA, not much good for those looking to stay connected in flight on longer trips.
Now, with the Viasat Ka-band IFC certified, passengers on board the Praetor 600 can enjoy decent coverage throughout the USA, Central America and Europe, as well as most of Canada and across the North Atlantic Tracks. When ViaSat-3 A, B and C launch, slated for 2021 to 2022, coverage will be global.