Honda HA-420 HondaJet

HondaJet joins Gogo AVANCE certifications list

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Banyan Air Service, an authorized aftermarket Gogo dealer, is in the final stages of Supplemental Type Certification (STC) completion for Gogo’s AVANCE L3 on the Honda HA-420 HondaJet. It will be the latest certification secured for the AVANCE L3 further expanding Gogo’s rapid adoption into the light jet segment of business aviation.

With the addition of the HondaJet STC, Gogo’s AVANCE L3 and L5 systems will be certified on virtually every business aviation aircraft make and model – from personal jets and turboprops to the largest heavy iron ultralong-range airframes – direct from the factory or in the aftermarket.

“We’ve received high praise and appreciation from new AVANCE customers who are delighted by the performance and capabilities their AVANCE system is delivering,” said Sergio Aguirre, President of Gogo Business Aviation. “Whether it’s lowering our service level to 3,000 feet, the optional streaming internet service on the L5, or many other popular AVANCE features, customers continue to drive demand to our authourised dealers and OEM partners.”

Gogo AVANCE is a software and hardware platform that provides customers a unique and unmatched suite of capabilities in one LRU (line-replaceable unit): internet, voice, entertainment, cockpit apps, self-service tools and remote support. Additionally, AVANCE was designed to make upgrades to 5G and other emerging technologies fast and easy.

“Banyan Air Service is extremely excited to partner with Gogo on this STC with such a capable platform,” said Danny Santiago, Director of Avionics for Banyan Air Service. “The AVANCE L3 in the HondaJet ‘light jet’ market is a perfect combination for owners and operators that will satisfy their domestic mission requirements with a high-quality inflight connectivity experience.”

Gogo AVANCE L3 installs grow to 500+

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More than 500 business aircraft have installed the Gogo AVANCE L3 in-flight connectivity system.

From the time AVANCE L3 launched in January 2018, more than 120,000 flights have been flown with the system onboard. Gogo has shipped nearly 700 AVANCE L3 systems to date.

“We have seen demand for in-flight connectivity increase across the board, but we’re seeing significant growth on smaller aircraft,” said Sergio Aguirre, President of Gogo Business Aviation. “Despite the pandemic, we’ve seen continued installations of the AVANCE L3, and to reach 500 aircraft online in this environment is a remarkable achievement. It speaks volumes about how important connectivity has become to operators today. It’s no longer considered a luxury – it’s now a necessity for most, even on smaller aircraft.”

Aguirre added: “During the pandemic, connectivity like the AVANCE L3 provides has become even more valuable for many operators because they are relying more heavily on their business aircraft to provide a safer, more secure travel environment that is healthier for passengers and crew.”

There are numerous certification paths to install the AVANCE L3 including full equipment STCs and Wi-Fi STCs covering more than a hundred aircraft models. The system is actively being installed at several MROs and aftermarket OEM service centres.

AVANCE L3 can be enabled to connect to the Gogo Biz data network delivering a 3G experience. The L3 also allows passengers to stay connected to email; send text messages and make voice calls with Gogo Text & Talk; and comes equipped with Gogo Vision 360 for unlimited streaming of on-demand movies, TV programming and news, along with digital magazines and a state-of-the-art 3D moving map, all at a fixed monthly price.

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Western Aircraft brings AVANCE L3 onboard the Pilatus PC-12

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Western Aircraft has become the first to fully certify Gogo’s AVANCE L3 on the Pilatus PC-12.

AVANCE L3 from Gogo is tailor-made for turboprops and light jets, allowing users to browse secure connections such as corporate VPN access, email, social media, online search, and access online accounts on up to 25 devices at once. Gogo recently lowered the minimum altitude height for connectivity to 3,000 feet as opposed to the previous 10,000 feet above the ground, which benefits many PC-12 operators who don’t spend much time flying above 10,000 feet.

“We’re thrilled to offer our customers, especially Part 135 operators, the stability of an STC for a modification to their aircraft’s in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity system,” said Western Aircraft’s Avionics Sales Manager Beau Hawkins. “Our excellent relationship with Gogo Business Aviation, and our experience with PC-12 aircraft made this a perfect fit as it expands its service to Canada.”

Beechcraft Kingair 360 takes off

Beechcraft King Air 360 selects Gogo AVANCE L3

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Beechcraft Kingair 360 takes off

Textron Aviation has selected Gogo Business Aviation’s AVANCE L3 system as a factory option on new production Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER aircraft.

The aircraft is currently in production with customer deliveries expected to begin in the coming weeks and is the first model in the King Air turboprop family to offer the solution as a factory option.

“Gogo and Textron Aviation have a longstanding relationship that spans decades and with all of the innovative enhancements offered on the  King Air 360, adding AVANCE L3 provides an upgrade to the latest generation of in-flight connectivity and entertainment which will greatly enhance the passenger experience,” said Mark Sander, vice president of OEM sales for Gogo. “Additionally, with the L3 onboard, operators of the King Air 360 will be equipped to take advantage of the lowered service altitude of the Gogo network. We lowered our service level to 3,000 feet above ground level which enables the L3 to provide connectivity on shorter routes and provides additional connectivity time on longer flights.”

Pilatus PC 24

Pilatus receives STCs for AVANCE L3 on PC-24 and PC-12 NGX

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Pilatus PC 24

Pilatus has selected Gogo Business Aviation’s AVANCE L3 system as a factory option on new production PC-24 aircraft and has secured STCs for the PC-24 and the PC-12 NGX.

“Pilatus’ selection of Gogo AVANCE L3 is a great step forward with a valued partner who recognises the value of our software-centric AVANCE platform and the reliability and performance of the Gogo network,” said Mark Sander, vice president of OEM sales for Gogo. “The AVANCE L3 enables a customised experience to best fit customers’ needs based on the number of passengers and the online experience they desire.”

AVANCE L3 allows passengers and crew to email, send text messages and make voice calls with Gogo Text & Talk and access flight apps such as moving maps, weather and flight information. The L3 system comes installed with Gogo Vision featuring entertainment and news including the latest Hollywood films, television programs, business programming from Bloomberg TV, and 30 leading magazine titles in digital format.

“The AVANCE L3 system stands out in the market because our customers can choose the in-flight Wi-Fi experience they want, as well as the additional value-added features and benefits it enables,” said Tom Aniello, vice president of marketing for Pilatus. “In-flight Wi-Fi has become one of the most important features requested by our customers, and based on the performance our PC-12 operators have enjoyed, it was an easy decision for us to add it as an option from the factory for the PC-24.”

The AVANCE platform also integrates a full range of Smart Cabin features, allowing passengers to access and use all available data, voice, maps, entertainment, and cabin management system (CMS) services.

Gogo AVANCE L5 achieves latest milestone

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Gogo Business Aviation has confirmed its AVANCE L5 system is installed and flying on 1,000 business jets.

Gogo is also nearing 450 installations for the AVANCE L3 system.

From the time AVANCE L5 launched in the fourth quarter of 2017, more than 325,000 flights have taken off with the system onboard, flying more than 420,000 hours and 211 million miles, and users consuming 150 million megabytes of data.

“We couldn’t have achieved this milestone without the great partnerships we’ve built over more than 25 years with the market-leading business jet manufacturers, our dealers, and charter and fractional operators,” Sergio Aguirre, President of Gogo Business Aviation commented. “Even during the COVID-19 pandemic that has had such a dramatic impact on all of aviation, we continued to see a healthy demand from the market for our AVANCE systems.”

Gogo and its OEM partners and dealers have also experienced substantial adoption of both AVANCE L5 and L3 on a retrofit basis with more than 200 supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Both L3 and L5 systems are linefit factory options on the majority of business jets of all types and sizes from the world’s largest business aircraft manufacturers.

Gogo lowers altitude for in-flight connectivity access

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From 20 July, Gogo will lower the altitude at which passengers can begin using its connectivity services from 10,000 feet above ground level (AGL) to 3,000 feet AGL for a significant portion of its air-to-ground (ATG) fleet.

The move provides passengers with an additional 15-20 minutes of connectivity on many flights. The service will be available on business aviation aircraft equipped with AVANCE L5 or L3 systems, and on commercial aviation regional jets equipped with Gogo ATG-4 and ACPU2 technology.

The lower service altitude will enable aircraft that fly shorter flights and spend little to no time above 10,000 feet the opportunity to take advantage of in-flight connectivity for the majority of their flights. Approximately 25% of flights by Gogo equipped regional jets have durations under 60 minutes.

Gogo will begin a phased process to enable service at 3,000 feet through ground-system configuration and remote software updates – all without requiring any onboard manual intervention. And Gogo will offer the additional service time with no additional fees.

Approximately 1,300 AVANCE systems flying in business aviation will benefit from this change, as will roughly 650, or 40%, of the commercial airline regional jets equipped with Gogo connectivity.

“By lowering the altitude where passengers can be connected, we’re improving the service to our airline customers and their passengers,” said John Wade, president of Gogo Commercial Aviation. “Passengers who fly shorter routes will now be able to be connected, allowing them to make the most of their time during those flights.”

Gogo has conducted hundreds of test flights of this product enhancement on approximately 50 aircraft during the past four months and has found that service at 3,000 feet will be available at most locations throughout the contiguous US.

“In our flight testing, we found that the AVANCE L5 consistently performed well at altitudes below 10,000 feet and provided a quality connectivity experience for our passengers,” said Tim Eames, chief pilot for Odin 123, that participated in several test flights for Gogo. “The additional time to conduct business or make arrangements was valuable and appreciated by our passengers.”