Honda HA-420 HondaJet

HondaJet joins Gogo AVANCE certifications list

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Honda HA-420 HondaJet

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.”

ACI Jet Challenger 604 HD upgrade

ACI Jet completes in-flight entertainment upgrade

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ACI Jet Challenger 604 HD upgrade

California-based business jet maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, ACI Jet has completed the first installation of HD video conversion hardware on a Challenger 604 aircraft from its Bombardier authorised service facility (ASF).

The company completed the installation of Innovative Advantage’s AVDS Node Box on a 2005 Challenger 604 during a visit which included other cabin upgrades and modifications. For in-flight connectivity, the existing Gogo Biz classic ATG system was upgraded to Gogo’s Avance L5 4G internet, enabling Gogo Vision on the newly installed Innovative Advantage system. Within the cabin, two brand new HD Rosen displays were added, replacing the existing Baker standard definition LCD monitors.

“This Innovative Advantage IFE backbone unlocks something totally unique in that it offers an incremental approach to upgrading your cabin experience,” stated Brian Ford, avionics manager for ACI Jet. “The system is capable of anything as small as a single device upgrade for high-definition video up through a multi-device, multi-hub cabin management system and anything and everything in between.”

“The aircraft owners we represent almost universally demand that the finer touches be accounted for when servicing their aircraft,” stated Dave Jensen, ACI Jet’s SVP of aircraft maintenance. “Whether coming out of paint or meeting with interior designers to ensure that every pattern, every material and the sources that we are using meet their exact specifications, they have an eye for detail. Astonishingly, standard definition video on ageing, small displays is often the first impression when boarding, and our clients are recognising this. They now have a turnkey option to make their in-flight entertainment experience match their exacting standards, and it happens to be quite affordable.”

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.

Duncan Aviation extends free IFE subscription services

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Duncan Aviation is extending the free of charge period for Gogo Text & Talk and Gogo Vision in-flight entertainment to one full year.

This limited-time offer allows operators to install the AVANCE L5 hardware that connects to the Gogo Biz 4G network, delivering faster speeds and enhanced network capacity. It then gives them 12 months of unlimited access to Gogo Text & Talk and Gogo Vision subscription services. Gogo Text & Talk lets an aircraft’s crew and passengers use their personal smartphones and devices to call and text in the air just like they do on the ground. Gogo Vision lets passengers enjoy blockbuster movies, hit television shows, popular magazines, flight maps and more on their own devices during flight.

Gogo AVANCE L5 kit

Duncan Aviation completes AVANCE L5 STC

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Gogo AVANCE L5 kit

Duncan Aviation’s Engineering and Certification Department has completed a full-equipment Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of the Gogo Business Aviation AVANCE L5 in-flight internet and Wi-Fi system in Cessna Citation 680 aircraft.

This is the seventh STC Duncan Aviation has completed for the system and covers the Wi-Fi certification and full equipment and antenna installation required to provide in-flight connectivity to the Gogo Biz 4G network.

This latest STC, completed at the company’s Battle Creek, Michigan, facility, adds the Citation 680 to the growing list of aircraft makes/models for which Duncan Aviation has created STCs.

The Duncan Aviation STCs have been used for more than 180 installations of the Gogo AVANCE L5 Wi-Fi system.

Gogo AVANCE L5 connects to the Gogo Biz 4G network, delivering faster speeds and enhanced network capacity, enabling activities such as live streaming video and audio, video conferencing, on-demand movies, personal smartphone use, real-time data for cockpit apps, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight.

Demand remains strong for in-flight connectivity options, and Duncan Aviation has installed the Gogo AVANCE L5 Wi-Fi system in more than 65 aircraft at its three main facilities (Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah).

Duncan Aviation has applied for and received Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approval for all of the models previously mentioned, and the company is awaiting TCCA approval on the Citation 680.

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.”