Posted on: 21 October 2014 by Mark Howells
Aerosat Astronics, a subsidiary of Astronics Corporation which designs and manufactures aircraft satellite connectivity solutions, has launched Flitestream T-Series, claimed to be the industry’s first global connectivity solution dedicated to the worldwide business aviation fleet.
Flitestream T-Series is a satellite broadband solution incorporating a new tail-mounted antenna design which is suited to specific models of Cessna, Bombardier, Embraer, and Gulfstream aircraft. Like Flitestream’s F-Series for VVIP aircraft, T-Series incorporates Flitestream’s patented ‘lens/horn’ technology, which provides the most efficient Ku-band airborne connectivity available to business aviation.
“We are excited to extend the benefits of our FliteStream solution to an even greater segment of the long-range business jet market,” announced Dennis Ferguson, president of Astronics AeroSat. “Our new tail-mounted antenna offers exceptional, dedicated connectivity via the global Harris CapRock Ku-band satellite network, while positioning aircraft for upgrades to new airborne telecom technologies as they become available.”
Like all Flitestream solutions, the T-Series includes a defined upgrade path to Ka-band and a ‘Certification Assistance Program’ that includes a full installation design and STC data package, as well as worldwide, 24/7 aircraft on ground support with a single point of contact.
FliteStream T-Series antenna systems will be sold and installed through avionics modification centres and OEM service centres, with deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2015.