NBAA 2013: Astronics AeroSat introduces FliteStream in-flight connectivity

Astronics AeroSat has announced a new satellite broadband service designed for the VVIP market called FliteStream.

Astronics AeroSat claims FliteStream is the aviation industry's first dedicated global connectivity solution for the VVIP fleet. It will leverage the services of Harris CapRock Communications, a provider of managed communication solutions for remote and harsh environments.

The FliteStream VVIP solution aims to provide performance, growth and customer convenience, and features AeroSat's patented Ku-band antenna technology and a Certification Assistance Program that includes a full installation design and STC data package. Worldwide, 24/7 AOG support with a single point of contact is also included.

FliteStream VVIP service plans include customer-selectable options for geographic regions and bandwidth requirements. These service plan options intend to ensure that each VVIP operator will receive the service level that meets the needs of each business.

"Because the FliteStream VVIP solution is not shared with commercial airline passengers, the VVIP business executive's connectivity experience will always be robust and predicable, not susceptible to choke points in areas of high density airline traffic," explained Frank Blanda, Astronics AeroSat's Chief Technology Officer.

"The strategic alliance with Harris CapRock, a well respected communications provider, enables Astronics AeroSat to take the lead in improving the quality of the VVIP passenger communications experience by offering this high level of global connectivity,” said Dennis Ferguson, President of Astronics AeroSat Corporation.

"Harris CapRock's existing global infrastructure and multi-band network already provide highly dependable managed communications to thousands of remote and harsh locations and we're excited to extend those capabilities to support Astronics AeroSat in its services to operators of VVIP aircraft," commented Tom Eaton, President, Harris CapRock.

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