Posted on: 08 April 2014 by Mark Howells
Astronics AeroSat, the manufacturer of Ku-band airborne connectivity solutions and subsidiary of Astronics Corporation, has revealed that an undisclosed VVIP customer will be the first to install its satellite broadband service, FliteStream.
FliteStream is designed for VVIP customers and the business aviation market. The initial FliteStream installation will be performed by Associated Air Center, Standard Aero's Large Transport Category VVIP completions centre in Dallas, USA, aboard a new Boeing B747-8. Astronics AeroSat will be providing the full installation design and STC data package.
"We were very impressed with both the capability and range of customised service offerings that Astronics AeroSat delivers through its FliteStream solution," said Jack Lawless, Chief Executive Officer of Associated Air Center. "When dealing with VVIP aircraft, it's essential that we offer a well-designed, complete solution that can be tailored to the worldwide operating needs of our customers."
"Because the FliteStream connectivity service is not shared with commercial airline passengers, it offers a more robust and predictable broadband experience that's not susceptible to choke points in areas of high density airline traffic, making it extremely attractive to VVIP customers," explained Skip Feher, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Astronics AeroSat.
The one-stop FliteStream solution features AeroSat's patented "Lens Horn" antenna technology, a defined upgrade path to Ka-band, and a Certification Assistance Program.
FliteStream service plans feature customer-defined options for geographic regions and bandwidth requirements, aiming to offer each VVIP operator with a service level that meets the unique needs of their business.