Posted on: 27 May 2016 by Mark Howells
As part of a new multi-year agreement with Dassault Aviation, ViaSat will provide the OEM with bundled global Ku-band broadband services for Falcon 8X aircraft.
“There is a strong complement between Dassault Aviation's Falcon brand, which is known for advanced technology and premier cabin amenities, and the ViaSat global connectivity system, which is recognised as an advanced broadband services platform delivering premier in-cabin connectivity experiences,” commented Ken Peterman, SVP and general manager, ViaSat. “By pairing our two organisations, we can deliver on a shared vision: making office-in-the-sky capabilities – with access to the real internet – a reality that will benefit Falcon operators well into the future.”
The deal will see ViaSat provide Dassault with in-cabin network equipment including the ViaSat Mobile Terminal 1500 (VMT-1500-C) shipset, which includes a Ku-band antenna, modem and antenna control unit. To enable its in-flight connectivity service, the company will provide Dassault with a Satcom Direct Router.
Installation of the system will begin in mid-2016 on a Falcon 8X, with delivery scheduled before the end of the year. First shipset installations are being completed in Little Rock Arkansas.
Dassault Falcon Services is now working on the STC for the Falcon 7X, based on the certification plans done for the Falcon 8X.