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Gogo’s AVANCE L5 exceeds 500,000 flights

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Gogo Business Aviation has confirmed AVANCE L5 has flown on more than 500,000 flights since it launched in August 2017.

“Demand for connectivity continues to be very high and the AVANCE L5 and Gogo Biz 4G network are delivering a great experience for customers who are doing data-heavy activities while in flight,” said Sergio Aguirre, president of Gogo Business Aviation. “AVANCE L5 continues to deliver, meeting the ever-increasing needs of our growing customer base.”

There are currently more than 1,500 aircraft flying with an AVANCE L5 system onboard, and across the half a million flights that have been flown with L5, 273.7 terabytes of data have been consumed.

Across Gogo’s systems, flight counts on Gogo-equipped aircraft continue to grow, with third quarter 2021 flight counts up 24% compared to the pre-Covid third quarter of 2019. Also in the third quarter of 2021, Gogo saw a 78% increase in megabytes consumed per day on its network and a 44% increase in megabytes per flight as compared to the third quarter of 2019.

AVANCE L5 is delivering 2-7+ Mbps speeds, based on interviews with more than 70 Gogo customers by Boston Consulting Group. Customers report regularly using video-intense applications like Zoom, Teams, and social media.

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Alpha Star Aviation have signed a Letter Of Agreement for The ACJ Smart LiFi Monitor, a unique in-flight entertainment (IFE) technology.

Airbus announces launch customer for The ACJ Smart LiFi Monitor

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Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Alpha Star Aviation have signed a Letter Of Agreement for The ACJ Smart LiFi Monitor, a unique in-flight entertainment (IFE) technology.

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Alpha Star Aviation have signed a Letter Of Agreement for The ACJ Smart LiFi Monitor, a unique in-flight entertainment (IFE) technology.

Developed with Latecoere, this new technology has been designed to be an easy plug and play solution. It is a multi-technology smart 4K monitor offering Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LiFi connectivity. LiFi (Light Fidelity) is the latest wireless communication technology which uses light to transmit data. It will allow among others analogue and digital audio output, USB-C ports, 3G-SDI input as well as HDMI connections. Features include Audio Video On Demand (AVOD), casting, mirroring, web browser, live TV, moving map and its own integrated video conferencing.

With this agreement, Alpha Star Aviation, the private aviation services provider headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, became the launch customer of the ACJ Smart LiFi Monitor. The customer selected 12 monitors for three of its Airbus corporate jets to provide best in class passenger experience, fully in line with its objective to be a benchmark in private aviation.

From left to right: Abdulnaser Al Kheraif, Alpha Star Aviation Chief Executive Officer / Benoit Defforge, Airbus Corporate Jets President

Irkut Corporation (part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its MC-21-310 passenger airplane, and AURUS Business Jet (VIP-version of SSJ100), for the first-time outside Russia.

MC-21-310 and AURUS Business Jet aircraft showcased in Dubai

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Irkut Corporation (part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its MC-21-310 passenger airplane, and AURUS Business Jet (VIP-version of SSJ100), for the first-time outside Russia.

Irkut Corporation (part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its MC-21-310 passenger airplane, and AURUS business jet (VIP-version of SSJ100), for the first-time outside Russia.

The MC-21-310 aircraft has been undergoing flight tests since December 2020. For its presence at the Airshow, a part of the business and economy class cabin is installed on the airplane, demonstrating the increased aisle between the seats provided by the widest fuselage in its class.

AURUS Business Jet is presented with a comfortable cabin, designed and installed in Russia, as well as with optional solutions that allow to expand the capabilities of the airplane.

PJSC Irkut Corporation is currently conducting certification tests of MC-21-300 airplane and assembling airliners for the launch operators. Within the framework of the Superjet 100 program aircraft deliveries are on the way to their customers, new aircraft versions are being developed, as well as the after-sales support system. The active promotion of the MC-21 and AURUS Business Jet (VIP-version of SSJ100) programs is aimed at strengthening positions of PJSC Irkut Corporation in the market of civil aviation.

An aquarium is just example of projected scene offered by EXPLORER

LHT and Diehl push creative boundaries of VIP cabins

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An aquarium is just example of projected scene offered by EXPLORER

Lufthansa Technik AG and Diehl are to display an enhanced version of their new wide-body VIP cabin concept EXPLORER, at the forthcoming Dubai Air Show (November 14 – 18).

Visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show have already had a preview of the design concept which is based on the current trend for superyachts to take their owners nearly anywhere at any time and serve as a personal hotel and base camp for the most diverse kinds of recreational activities and excursions.

Lufthansa Technik’s specialists have chosen the Airbus A330 as the platform for realising these customer wishes in private aviation. As a classic wide-body aircraft, it offers sufficient space for a large number of novel cabin ideas and also a sufficient range to fulfil the special wishes of the EXPLORER target group.

“In yacht building, multifunctional exploration vessels have now become a class in their own right. And many owners of such vessels also call an aircraft their own,” explained Wieland Timm, Head of Sales VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik. “For this fast-growing target group of VIP world explorers, we have therefore now created a flying platform for the first time. Unlike a yacht, however, our EXPLORER aircraft allows passengers to travel to the other side of the globe within hours and set up their own individual base camp for further activities. This opens up completely new possibilities for explorers.”

The EXPLORER concept features a large-scale integrated projection system for virtual content, which extends from the window belt to almost the entire cabin ceiling in the multifunctional lounge area. Lufthansa Technik’s design team integrated Diehl’s projection technology and tailored it specifically to the use in a VIP cabin. By positioning the small, lightweight and passively cooled projectors into the sidewall and ceiling elements, large-scale virtual impressions are created, the content of which customers can configure individually according to their wishes with the help of a corresponding software solution from Diehl.

“By integrating the unique projection system of Diehl, we have created an interior that exploits the technology`s full potential for a VIP cabin,” said Michael Bork, Aircraft Interior Architect in VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik. “It is optimised under technical and aesthetic aspects to provide an adequate framework for bringing a variety of atmospheres and virtual worlds to life, changing the overall look of the cabin by a fingertip.”

“We are proud of the outstanding results of the cooperation with our partners at Lufthansa Technik,” said Harald Mehring, Chief Customer Officer of Diehl Aviation. “The specialists of our two companies have created truly breath-taking worlds for our shared customers, which become almost tangible in the cabin, and which create an exclusive atmosphere.”

The first short teaser shown in Monaco featured an animated underwater world.

Another feature is the floor in the forward fuselage area, which extends outward from the parked aircraft to form a spacious veranda. The main deck cargo hatch on the Airbus A330 freighter, which is now also available as a retrofit solution for passenger versions, opens up the EXPLORER interior to its surroundings, into which passengers can then immerse themselves directly via a platform that can be extended by several meters.

At a height of around four meters above the apron, passengers of the EXPLORER aircraft are offered a unique view of the surroundings.

To ensure that the VIPs’ vehicle fleet can be attractively presented to guests and fellow passengers, the Lufthansa Technik team envisions a special Mobility Lounge in the aft section of the lower deck, which can already be viewed from the main deck through a glass floor. This special area will be created in cooperation with BRABUS, a leading manufacturer of high-performance and luxury automobiles, and will be jointly presented at one of the upcoming trade shows. Via a convenient staircase, the Luxury Mobility Lounge will be easily accessible to passengers from the main deck, even during the flight. It will also cater to the technical needs of the automotive treasures carried on board.

In addition to classic room elements such as bedrooms and guest rooms, bathrooms, offices, dining and conference areas, there are also some new design ideas. Another such highlight is the multifunctional room in the rear of the aircraft. It meets the needs of all those world explorers who do not want to do without their usual fitness and wellness facilities on long-haul flights. For emergencies, this space can also be converted into a flying hospital room.

The design configuration currently showcased is designed for up to 12 VIP passengers. Alternatively, further modular variants with up to 47 passengers are also possible on the basis of this concept. These can include, for example, a much more individual owner’s module with a master bedroom and bathroom as well as an office, but also larger areas for the crew or additional entourage.

Lufthansa Technik will use the EXPLORER concept as an ideas laboratory to further develop and present other ideas and technologies that currently exist only on the drawing board.

Gogo enjoys record Q3 results

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Gogo has announced financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2021.

“Demand for business aviation connectivity is surging and we expect it to continue to surge for the next several years,” said Oakleigh Thorne, Chairman and CEO of Gogo. “Our Gogo team is doing a great job exceeding customers’ expectations and turning demand into top and bottom line growth.”

“Our record results for the quarter reflect our strong business model as we drive equipment sales and capture recurring service revenue as that equipment comes on line,” said Barry Rowan, Gogo’s Executive Vice President and CFO. “Our balance sheet also continues to strengthen with our improved operating performance and reduced interest expense.”

For the first time in the Company’s history, Gogo achieved positive net income. Net income from continuing operations increased to US$19.7 million, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $8.9 million in Q3 2020.

Fuelled by strong growth in both service and equipment revenue, total revenue hit $87.2 million, a 31% increase compared to Q3 2020 and 6% compared to Q2 2021.

Service revenue returned a record $66.2 million, an increase of 24% compared to Q3 2020 and 2% compared to Q2 2021. Equipment revenue totalled $21.0 million, an increase of 59% compared to Q3 2020 and 19% compared to Q2 2021.

Elsewhere, total ATG aircraft online (AOL) reached 6,154, an increase of 10% compared to Q3 2020 and 2% compared to Q2 2021. Total AVANCE units online grew to 2,237, an increase of 46% compared to Q3 2020. AVANCE units comprised more than 36% of total AOL as of 30 September 2021, up from 27% as of 30 September 2020.

ElitAvia will optimise SD connectivity in the flightdeck and cabin: Photo credit Daryl Cauchi

Elit’Avia selects Satcom Direct as preferred connectivity provider

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ElitAvia will optimise SD connectivity in the flightdeck and cabin: Photo credit Daryl Cauchi

Slovenia-headquartered aviation services company Elit’Avia has selected Satcom Direct (SD) to become its preferred supplier for the provision of voice, data, connectivity, and flight deck communication functionality, along with customer support and training.

The three-year agreement enables Elit’Avia to tailor SD services to meet individual aircraft requirements across its mixed fleet.

The Elit’Avia flight department already uses the digital flight operations system SD Pro to synchronise flight operations, access the SD Cyber Security Threat Monitoring module, and to track and monitor flights.

Elit’Avia is also benefiting from 24/7/365 customer support for any troubleshooting or real-time expertise as needed. The global network of SD offices, the speed of response to queries and the ease of access to technical experts, as well as ongoing training, were all factors that supported Elit’Avia’s decision to extend the existing SD agreement.

“We are a dynamic global business that puts safety and quality first to create a best-in-class customer experience. We wanted to work with a connectivity company that values partnership, and mirrors our operating philosophy, which is why we selected SD as our preferred connectivity partner. The SD team has already demonstrated the value they bring with their expert technical support, their genuine focus on customer service and the ability to deliver seamless connectivity across a range of aircraft types. Access to the growing cybersecurity offering is also an important factor for Elit’Avia’s operations team. We are excited to develop our connectivity services further with SD,” said Michel Coulomb, CEO & Accountable Manager of Elit’Avia.

Cabin router upgrades for aircraft that are not currently using SD connectivity solutions are also in discussion. The addition of the SDR Series supports customisation of aircraft connectivity needs, distributes cabin Wi-Fi for increased functionality and data capacity for passengers and crew, as well as interfacing with avionics systems to deliver validated, operational data to the Elit’Avia flight department.

“Being a preferred supplier to an operator of Elit’Avia’s size and quality highlights that our customer-centric approach of creating tailored connectivity solutions adds real value to an operator’s business. The ability to package connectivity services through our eco-system of hardware, software, and terrestrial infrastructure, to deliver powerful cyber threat monitoring services, and to support the differing requirements of a mixed fleet, highlights the value the SD Xperience portfolio brings to business aviation. With the expanded, long-term deal we are able to better serve their customers, crew, and operations teams by providing flexible, customisable connectivity solutions. We look forward to working with the Elit’Avia team to support their evolving needs,” said Michael Skou Christensen, SD VP International.

Image: Photo credit Daryl Cauchi.

Duncan Aviation is providing engineering and certification services to Gogo Business Aviation for completion of the first-article Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Gogo 5G system

Duncan Aviation partners with Gogo on 5G STC portfolio

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Duncan Aviation is providing engineering and certification services to Gogo Business Aviation for completion of the first-article Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Gogo 5G system

Duncan Aviation is providing engineering and certification services to Gogo Business Aviation for completion of the first-article Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Gogo 5G system.

Duncan Aviation will use the experience and data from certifying the first article to modify all of its full-equipment AVANCE L5 STCs to include Gogo 5G, which will cover more than 30 aircraft models.

“The STC portfolio we’re partnering with Duncan Aviation on for Gogo 5G is extensive and will ensure that we can provide a significantly enhanced in-flight connectivity experience for passengers,” said Sergio Aguirre, president of Gogo Business Aviation.

The amended STCs for Gogo 5G will cover the following in-service aircraft:

Bombardier Global Express, 5000, XRS, 5500, 6000, 6500
Bombardier Challenger CL-650, CL-605, CL-604, CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R
Bombardier Challenger 300, 350
Gulfstream GIV, G300, G400
Gulfstream GIV-X, G350, G450
Gulfstream Aerospace LP Galaxy, Gulfstream 200
Dassault Falcon 900
Dassault Falcon 900EX (EX, EASy, LX, DX)
Dassault Falcon 2000
Dassault Falcon 2000EX (EX, EASy, LX, DX)
Textron Aviation Inc. 680, 680+Textron Aviation Inc. 750
Textron Aviation Inc. 560XL, 560XLS, 560XLS+ (Currently in development)
Additional aircraft models to add to the program are also being evaluated by Duncan Aviation and Gogo.

“The AVANCE L5 system has been so popular with our customers that we are focusing our ATG certification and sales efforts on Gogo systems,” said Jeff Lake, president of Duncan Aviation. “Our experience in the initial certification and having partnered in that installation allows us to provide more comprehensive details to operators so they can best schedule and budget for 5G for 2022 and beyond.”

Operators who already have the AVANCE L5 Wi-Fi system installed have the foundation required to allow them to upgrade to Gogo’s 5G network. Gogo 5G has been designed to deliver high throughput with very low latency to address the increased demand in data-heavy services and applications in use today, such as video conferencing and social media, as well as emerging technologies in the future.

The Duncan Aviation STCs have been used for more than 265 installations of the AVANCE L5 system. Once the 5G STCs are complete, Duncan Aviation will perform the installations at its full-service facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Provo, Utah, as well as many of the company’s 26+ Satellites.

HondaJet 2600 Concept

Curtain lifts on HondaJet 2600 Concept

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HondaJet 2600 Concept

Honda Aircraft Company has unveiled the HondaJet 2600 Concept, with a mockup display to collect customer feedback and validate market demand.

The HondaJet 2600 Concept will be the world’s first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the US. The aircraft has a quiet and spacious cabin suited for long range travel, can seat for up to 11 occupants, and aims to deliver unparalleled fuel efficiency.

Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino stated: “Over the past five years, we introduced the HondaJet Elite, then the Elite S, to further enhance the original HondaJet design. Now, we are validating market demand as we unveil a new aircraft concept in a different segment from the original HondaJet. With the HondaJet 2600 Concept, which enables efficient transcontinental flight, offers new level of cabin comfort and capacity, and dramatically reduces CO2 emissions, we are introducing a new generation of business jets.”

Internally, there is significantly more passenger space as well as a class-leading cabin tranquility with greatly reduced vibration compared to conventional light jets, due to the OTWEM configuration. The aircraft also has the tallest cabin height and offers class-leading pressurisation with a cabin altitude of 6,363 feet at its maximum operating altitude of 47,000 feet. The aircraft will also offer three types of modular and highly customisable cabin configurations.

Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo's 5G launch customer.

Jet Edge confirmed as Gogo 5G launch customer

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Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo's 5G launch customer.

Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo’s 5G launch customer.

Jet Edge has AVANCE L5 installed across the majority of its managed, large-cabin fleet and will upgrade 50 of those aircraft to Gogo 5G over a 24-month period.

“Choosing Gogo was an easy decision because of their proven track record of meeting their commitments and delivering the best in-flight connectivity in the industry,” said Bill Papariella, CEO of Jet Edge. “After a thorough evaluation of other in-flight connectivity services, we chose Gogo 5G – it was the obvious choice and we’re thrilled to offer it to our discerning clients.”

Deployment of the 5G network has begun and the onboard hardware is in certification approval. Gogo 5G will serve aircraft operating within the contiguous US and the nationwide network is expected to launch in the second half of 2022.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Jet Edge and by upgrading to Gogo 5G, it shows the commitment Jet Edge is making to its clients to provide the best inflight connectivity and entertainment experience in business aviation,” said Andy Geist, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Gogo. “With AVANCE L5 installed across most of its fleet, upgrading to 5G becomes a relatively quick and easy process.”

ALTO Aviation has announced a series of enhancements to its Cadence CMS

ALTO Aviation enhances Cadence capabilities

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ALTO Aviation has announced a series of enhancements to its Cadence CMS

ALTO Aviation has expanded its Cadence Cabin Management offering with the introduction of the new Cadence Galley Touch Panel.

The 10-inch panel (pictured left) can be mounted in a portrait or landscape orientation and is designed with an intuitive and elegant interface for controlling all aircraft functions and equipment. These include all lighting, IFE, power, galley appliances, attendant call, shades, climate, flight information, and system settings.

The user interface is based around ALTO Cabin Control App and is customisable for each installation and customer requirement. Additionally, the Cadence Galley Touch Panel can also be duplicated and run on one or more devices such as an iPad, Android tablet, or any MS Windows device; this allows the flight crew to access Cadence Galley Touch Panel functions from anywhere in the aircraft as well as providing a valuable level of redundancy for critical cabin controls.

“The new ALTO Cadence Galley Touch Panel is a great addition to ALTO Cabin Management System; designed in-house with simplicity, functionality, and performance in mind this new product provides an additional option for an easy and fast replacement of obsolete legacy galley switch panels and can add numerous valuable features to any cabin upgrade,” said Steve Scarlata, ALTO Aviation VP Engineering/R&D.

The company has also introduced its new galley touchscreen to their ALTO Cabin Control App (image right).

Cadence Switch Panels are ALTO Aviation’s direct replacement and customisable cabin passenger controls that allow functionality through discrete logic and no software, minimising or eliminating woodwork by defining bezels that fit into the existing holes, considerably reducing installation costs.

The foundation for Cadence is modular, discrete switch assemblies. The modules range from one to six positions, including USB charging, HDMI port, Bluetooth interface, and ordinance signage. Cadence is compatible with the aircraft’s existing cabin management system and in-flight entertainment system. Additionally, by defining a bezel that fits into an existing cutout, ALTO provides a CMS/IFE upgrade solution without changing the woodwork.

All installations were customised to replace the obsolete, non-serviceable, or broken passenger controls, as well as new installations, in many cases repurposing functionality and updating the Cabin Management System capabilities of each cabin.

“We have surpassed 300 Cadence Switch Panels with unique, customised solutions for our clients, impeccably installed by top MROs worldwide in a wide variety of aircraft, including Gulfstream, Falcon, Citation, and Bombardier. In addition, we continue designing, manufacturing in-house, and customising passenger controls that provide easy and fast installations with unrivalled performance, ”said Kevin Hayes, VP Sales, and Marketing at ALTO Aviation.