Press Release
Press Release



ViaSat Receives USD 12M Order From ARINC for Airborne Broadband Terminals
ViaSat Receives USD 12M Order From ARINC for Airborne Broadband Terminals
Carlsbad, CA - October 30, 2006


ViaSat Inc. has received a $12 million delivery order from ARINC for additional production quantities of the SKYLink(SM) Airborne Integrated Satellite Communication Terminal. The SKYLink communication system is a broadband in-flight communications service that ARINC supplies to business jet manufacturers and aftermarket equipment installers for the business aircraft market. ARINC recently announced the sale of the 50th set of avionics to its SKYLink launch customer Gulfstream Aerospace.

"The small, lightweight, and extremely cost-effective avionics developed by ViaSat have been key to the success of SKYLink," said Robert B. Thompson, senior director, ARINC Business Aviation Systems. "We continue to see a very high level of customer satisfaction and an increasing demand for the product."

"Our in-flight broadband technology continues to advance rapidly," said Bill Sullivan, ViaSat managing director for Mobile Broadband Systems. "We are at a point where interest from the aviation industry is dramatically increasing, and ViaSat's technologies are improving efficiencies and making in-flight broadband more cost-effective to implement and operate."

Earlier this month ARINC announced that SKYLink has been selected by Dassault Falcon Jet as the factory broadband communications option for the new Falcon 7X ultra-long-range corporate aircraft. The Falcon 7X is due for certification in 2007 and Dassault Falcon has already received more than 90 orders for delivery between 2007 and 2010.

The SKYLink airborne broadband terminal is based on ViaSat's ArcLight(R) broadband satellite technology that uses a spread spectrum waveform. The terminal can deliver digital data to aircraft at rates up to 3 Mbps, providing performance similar to high-speed cable or DSL Internet connections for homes and corporate networks to enable multimedia and other broadband applications for business jet travelers. ViaSat also provides ground earth stations and network operations services to ARINC to enable SKYLink services. Satellite networking equipment provided to ARINC includes ViaSat's patented PCMA hub cancellation technology which reduces ongoing service costs by reducing the number of transponders required.