What makes a modern air-to-ground network different from what we used to have, is that it is always there. It doesn't depend on the person in the aircraft knowing who is available on the ground able to receive that call.

— James Albright

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Updated:

2017-09-15

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Example air-to-ground network, Gulfstream brochure

  • Air-to-Ground connectivity systems receive their signals from cell phone towers throughout the Continental U.S. and parts of Canada.
  • Air-to-Gorund aircraft antennas are typically two antennas on the underside of the aircraft. Some aircraft with 4G systems may have a single blade antenna.
  • The most advanced air-to-ground systems are capable of speeds up to 9 MBPS.
  • Aircraft will need to be above 10,000 feet to have good air-to-ground connectivity with ground transmitters.

In general, air-to-ground networks are good for:

  • Continental U.S. and portions of Alaska and Canada
  • Email with attachments
  • Voice calls
  • Texting
  • VPN
  • Internet browsing
  • Up to 3.1 Mbps

Source: The Gulfstream Journal, September 28, 2018

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References

(Source material)

The Gulfstream Journal, September 28, 2018, www.mygulfstream.com

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