Aimed At G200 Business Jet Community
Gulfstream Aerospace says it's now
offering high-speed Internet and e-mail capability for its
large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200 business jet.
Earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
issued an STC that approves installation of the High-Speed Data
System (HSDS) in G200 business jets. In addition to being offered
as a retro-fit for in-service G200 aircraft, the system is an
equipment option for new G200 business jets.
"For more than 40 years, Gulfstream has provided business
executives, heads of states and governments with well-appointed,
comfortable cabin environments in which to work – essentially
offices in the sky," said Bryan Moss, president, Gulfstream.
“With this new high-speed data capability, we’ve
significantly improved the airborne office. Now, people who need to
be connected, no matter where they are, have the peace of mind of
knowing they are only a phone call or finger strokes away from
those they need to keep in touch with.”
In addition to the G200, Gulfstream offers internet capability
on other models in its fleet of business jets. In October 2004, the
FAA issued the first STC enabling the manufacturer to install the
Gulfstream Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) system on a GIV aircraft.
One month later, the GV received its multiple STC for BBML
Like Gulfstream’s BBML system,
the G200’s High-Speed Data System is a satellite-based
system. Four Inmarsat geostationary satellites ensure fast and
reliable communication anywhere in the world, with the exception of
the extreme North and South Poles.
The High-Speed Data System comprises the Thrane & Thrane A/S
Aero-HSD+ SATCOM suite, which includes the light-weight
fuselage-mounted Chelton Inc. HGA-7000 antenna, and two high-speed
Swift64 channels at a combined transmission speed of 128
kilobytes-per-second. With HSDS, multiple G200 passengers can
e-mail, surf the Internet and connect with ground-based office
networks using Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) protocol.
Additionally, passengers can retrieve and download large files and
e-mail using Mobile Packet Data Service (MPDS).