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.

Qatar Executive jet

Qatar Executive taps Inflight Dublin for IFE

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Qatar Executive jet

Inflight Dublin has been selected by Qatar Airways, Qatar Executive and Amiri Flight to provide its Everhub iPad solution.

As part of a three year partnership that launched in September 2021, Inflight Dublin is leveraging the software platform from its successful wireless IFE solution, Everhub. The interactive media application is DRM-enabled and includes a fully customisable Graphical User Interface (GUI) that is aligned with Qatar Airways’  IFE brand – Oryx One.

“Partnering with world-leading airline Qatar Airways and its subsidiary Qatar Executive is a fantastic achievement for Inflight Dublin. The flexibility of our Everhub platform allowed us to meet Qatar Executive’s requirements for this iPad service, through the delivery of an interactive and engaging experience for its passengers,” stated John White, Inflight Dublin’s CEO

Inflight Dublin’s CTO, David Miller said “We are delighted to have delivered our innovative pre-loaded iPad solution to Qatar Airways and its Executive fleet. As an extension of our market-leading wireless IFE platform, Everhub, tight timelines were overcome through the efficient onsite delivery and management of hundreds of devices that are powered by Everhub’s advanced and user-friendly media application. The technical expertise of Inflight Dublin combined with the adaptability of the Everhub software ensures a truly tailored and reliable experience for each of our airline partners.”

Inmarsat reaches Jet Connex activation installation milestone

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In a dual celebration Inmarsat has reached the 1,000th installation and activation of its Jet ConneX in-flight connectivity solution, as it marks the fifth anniversary of Jet ConneX.

Powered by Inmarsat’s global Ka-band satellite network Global Xpress, Jet ConneX claims to be the preferred linefit option of all major business jet manufacturers, including Gulfstream, Bombardier and Dassault, and uses JetWave hardware by Honeywell Aerospace. Inmarsat has received type certificate and supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals for the service from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) across all popular platforms, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and aftermarket maintenance repair and overhaul service providers (MROs).

Kai Tang, Inmarsat’s Head of Business Aviation, said: “The business world has evolved considerably since the onset of COVID-19 and during times of unprecedented turbulence and instability, business leaders cannot afford to be disconnected. As a result, we have experienced a rapid surge in demand for the fast, reliable and consistent in-flight Wi-Fi that only Jet ConneX can deliver, wherever and whenever they fly. We believe this is a long-term trend that won’t level off as we come out of this COVID era.

“Therefore, the outlook is bright and we look forward to working with our partners to build on the momentum of the past five years, with 1,000 activations now achieved and many more to come. As part of these efforts, we are investing more than ever in several upcoming next-generation satellites, plus significant enhancements to our ground stations, hardware and software, all backed by world-class cybersecurity. This will amplify Jet ConneX capabilities even further and also result in unprecedented new L-band offerings to cement our long-term leadership in business aviation connectivity.”

ALTO Aviation has expanded its ALTO Sound offering with the unveiling of ALTO Soundstage.

ALTO Aviation unveils ALTO Soundstage

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ALTO Aviation has expanded its ALTO Sound offering with the unveiling of ALTO Soundstage.

ALTO Aviation has expanded its ALTO Sound offering with the unveiling of ALTO Soundstage.

Designed in-house by ALTO Aviation’s acoustic engineering team, ALTO Soundstage is the most advanced 3D Immersive ALTO Sound System offered in Business Aviation. Audiophile-quality ALTO loudspeakers and premium digital amplifiers are strategically mapped to allow passengers to immerse in movies, music, sports, and video games with zero compromises.

“With ALTO Soundstage, we have gone beyond our flagship Front Row, Center Stage ALTO Surround Sound, providing soundstage concert hall quality, the highest standard in 3D immersive audio in business aviation. This sound system is ideal for a credenza-mounted video monitor across a luxury divan in medium, large, and VVIP business jets, making passengers feel like if they “step up on the stage. I am confident that we will exceed the most demanding acoustic expectations,” said  Steve Scarlata, VP Engineering, R&D at ALTO Aviation.

The front stage includes PSU mounted Left, Center, and Right loudspeakers; Surround-Left, Surround-Center, and Surround-Right ALTO loudspeakers provide passengers with a fully immersive image. Two powerful, ultra-light, and compact ALTO subwoofers mounted beneath the seats or divan or bulkheads provide ample bass for real impact.

ALTO’s exclusive onsite tuning process and state-of-the-art signal processing guarantee that every ALTO Soundstage audio system offers powerful, coherent, high-fidelity surround sound.ALTO Soundstage can be controlled with Cadence Cabin passenger controls or with the new ALTO Cabin Control Appation.

ALTO Soundstage is already available in selected OEM and aftermarket installations with minimal work and full blended integration with each cabin’s unique interior design concept.

Universal Avionics (UA) has launched its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications.

Universal Avionics releases EFB and Connected Avionics solution

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Universal Avionics (UA) has launched its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications.

Universal Avionics (UA) has launched its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications. Hosted on an iPad and initially connected to Universal’s WAAS/SBAS enabled Flight Management System (FMS) by introducing Wi-Fi enablement of existing equipment, these applications make possible comprehensive two-way interactions between the FMS and the apps, and between the tablet and UA’s cloud-based infrastructure for data analytics.

The applications will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2022 and represent the first step in UA’s goal of creating a connectivity enabled ecosystem across its avionics solutions.

The Connectivity Ecosystem brings to UA’s customers a connected, open and data centric environment to enhance mission preparedness on the ground, in the air, and post flight. Optimising day to day operations and maintenance, the ecosystem utilises a robust cyber secure, portable, and cloud-based platform to deliver avionics centric solutions and support services, including the use of a 3rd party applications and content.

“FlightPartner and FlightReview are UA’s early steps in a push towards the creation of a dynamic connectivity ecosystem, tying our various avionics systems to a suite of applications and expanded services that our customers will be able to use 24/7/365”, said Dror Yahav, Universal Avionics CEO. “After the initial deployment of the products we plan to introduce many others in the coming months and years to come”.

With FlightPartner, operators will be able to build, brief and file a complete flight plan on their tablet using a convivial graphical interface, upload it to the FMS upon aircraft power-up, and dynamically alter it throughout the flight, directly on their iPad, as FlightPartner is tightly coupled to the navigation data of the FMS. Additionally, when connected to ground infrastructure, FlightPartner facilitates access to accurate weather information, displayed in horizontal and vertical profiles, to assist flight planning and operations, for example by prepopulating the flight plan with winds and temperatures aloft, saving valuable time and increasing efficiency.

Its benefits also extend to maintenance personnel as FlightPartner will conveniently manage database updates to the FMS. By automatically connecting with the operator’s account on UniNet, FlightPartner will upload the latest databases to the tablet, and at the appropriate time ensure seamless and secure delivery of the databases to the on-board FMS.

Through FlightReview, UA makes aircraft data work for flight and maintenance crews by providing them information at any given time to review performance, pinpoint issues, and optimise operations

With FlightReview, data is exchanged between the FMS and the tablet, then automatically uploaded to UA’s cloud-based infrastructure at the appropriate time, enabling flight departments to view and analyse the content specific to their operations from any location.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero upgrade cockpit for Bombardier Challenger 604

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StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604. The first installation aircraft departed StandardAero’s Springfield, Illinois maintenance facility on 24 September 2021.

The installation was supported by a Collins Aerospace Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and the Pro Line Fusion upgrade removes the existing cathode ray tube displays and replaces them with touchscreen capable liquid crystal displays. The modification allows for features such as LPV, synthetic vision, multi-scan radar, graphical weather and FANS-1/A, giving operators more functionality and situational awareness in the cockpit. The modification also addresses obsolescence issues inherent to the existing CRT displays.

The total work scope on this Challenger 604 aircraft also included the installation of a Collins Aerospace Venue Cabin Management System and a complete cabin interior refresh.

“The Fusion upgrade helps to keep this aircraft on the leading edge, well into the future, with enhanced capabilities and staying pace with the functionality of current production aircraft coming off the assembly line,” said Mike Creek, Avionics Sales Manager for StandardAero Business Aviation. “Operators are showing a lot of interest in these upgrades and we expect continued demand throughout this year and next.”

Spectrum Aeromed has launched the Infinity Series 5000X line of air medical solutions.

Spectrum Aeromed unveils new line of air medical solutions

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Spectrum Aeromed has launched the Infinity Series 5000X line of air medical solutions.

Spectrum Aeromed has launched the Infinity Series 5000X line of air medical solutions.

The new 5000X system was designed with crew needs in mind and consists of one common base with an interlocking stretcher. This solution offers a smaller footprint with fewer parts, creating lighter-weight equipment for easier installation. By integrating this new footprint into the existing aircraft cabin, the 5000X also offers maintenance crews a quicker transition time.

Spectrum Aeromed designed the module with more clearance, easier access for maintenance, and improved aesthetics. Key features include a newly designed stretcher bridge that allows unobstructed access when caring for patients and when transferring the patient onto and off the stretcher. All controls and gauges are centrally located on the base unit, with dual USB ports and three individual universal electrical outlets

“As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary this year, we are very excited to introduce our new equipment model and features to the air ambulance community,” said Matthew Christenson, VP Account Executive for Spectrum Aeromed.

Spectrum Aeromed recently submitted an amended Pilatus PC-12 STC for the new equipment to the FAA. In the coming months, the company will be incorporating the 5000X into both its existing and new STCs.