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.”

Inflight Dublin Everhub on tablet

GainJet adopts wireless IFE from Inflight Dublin

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Inflight Dublin Everhub on tablet

Private aircraft charter operator GainJet has selected Inflight Dublin for its in-flight entertainment service.

In July, Inflight Dublin equipped one of GainJet’s Boeing 757 aircraft with its next-generation Everhub Portable wireless server.

The DO-160G certified hardware is complemented by the Everhub software platform which includes a streaming service and brand-aligned Graphical User Interface (GUI). The content package consists of Hollywood blockbuster movies, TV shows, Music, and Games, curated specifically for GainJet’s audience.

GainJet will have access to Everhub’s cloud-hosted Control Centre, which houses Inflight Dublin’s analytics tool, IFD Insights, which will provide informative performance reports related to Hardware, Software and Content usage.

“We are very excited to introduce Inflight Dublin’s wireless in-flight entertainment solution on board for our passengers to enjoy. Taking the first step into IFE has been seamless thanks to Inflight Dublin’s extensive expertise in the industry and ability to deliver a full end-to-end service quickly and efficiently. We look forward to maximising the value this system has to offer,” said Dimitrios Paraskevas, GainJet’s EFB Administrator.

Bombadier 5000 aircraft in flight

LuxStream extended to Bombardier Global Series

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Bombadier 5000 aircraft in flight

Q.C.M. design Switzerland has achieved its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US to install the KuSAT-2000 SATCOM LuxStream network system on Bombardier’s Global 5000, 6000 and XRS aircraft.

LuxStream, available as part of Collins Aerospace’s ARINCDirect portfolio of services, provides customers with speeds up to 25 Mbps for up to 25 passengers in the US and up to15 Mbps globally via SES’s managed Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network.

With flexible pricing models based on usage without compromising performance, the in-flight internet is capable of supporting multiple 4K video streams, virtual conferencing and other high-bandwidth online activities.

JOLED OLED screen

JOLED partners with Rosen Aviation for OLED development

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JOLED OLED screen

Tokyo-based JOLED, a manufacturer of 4K OLED by printing technology has partnered with US-based Rosen Aviation, a specialist in aviation display technology, to collaborate on the development and integration of medium sized OLED displays into aircraft interiors.

Naoto Hikichi, Executive Officer, Head of Business Division I at JOLED commented: “As we manufacture medium-sized high-resolution OLED displays, we think the cabin display is a very interesting and adapted application for us. Rosen and JOLED will investigate and develop a completely awesome and first-in-class display, which will fit to every kind of new well-being scenarios the passengers will live, feel, see and enjoy in the future aircraft.”

Lee Clark, Senior Vice-President Strategy at Rosen Aviation added: “New display and sensor technologies are set to radically change the passenger experience and as a consequence aircraft interiors. Versatility and personalisation of displays will be key for facilitating different onboard activities. By combining our expertise, JOLED and Rosen will develop innovative displays adapted to different use cases that enhance the passenger experience. By leveraging our vast experience, we can ensure safety, quality, and the seamless integration of displays into the aircraft cabin.”

BizJetMobile's CREWX messaging platform

BizjetMobile launches CrewX

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BizJetMobile's CREWX messaging platform

BizjetMobile, a distributor for ASIP Tech, has begun shipments of the CrewX global messaging platform.

Evolved from ASIP Tech’s commercial airline product fflya, to provide core communications for aircraft crew, CrewX is the only global Bluetooth solution leveraging off the latest Iridium Next satellites.

BizjetMobile’s CEO, Adam Chapman, said: “BizjetMobile’s goal is to provide the most versatile and affordable connectivity solutions in the industry. No longer will pilots and owners be concerned about bill shock. With CrewX they can stay connected with unlimited messaging data for the entire flight for a low monthly rate of US$199. With the entire system only costing $2,490 there is no other comparable solution.

Providing the ability to stay in touch with friends and family via Text, conduct business communications via Email and improve flight operations with a simple app-based Messaging system CrewX is the core of any aircraft operations. All you need is our CrewX small light-weight router that is easy to install and a 3-inch patch Iridium antenna. Compatible with both IOS and Android devices.”

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

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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.

Bombardier Challenger 850 in flight

FAI Technik completes Ku-band install on Challenger 850

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Bombardier Challenger 850 in flight

Authorised Collins dealer FAI Technik GmbH has installed its first Collins ultra-high-speed Ku-band in-flight connectivity system on a Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft on behalf of a corporate client.

The Albrecht Dürer International Airport, Nuremberg-based MRO company collaborated with Spain’s EASA-Part 21 organisation S4A to obtain an EASA-STC for this modification.

FAI´s Chairman, Siegfried Axtmann stated: “Following this prototype installation, FAI plans to install this solution on many other aircraft to meet the specific needs of our business aviation clients. We are pleased to report that we have been contracted for a second installation of the system on another Challenger 850.”

Installation of a Bongiovi speakerless system by a C&L Aviation employee

First Bongiovi speakerless sound system in Embraer 135

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Installation of a Bongiovi speakerless system by a C&L Aviation employee

C&L Aviation Services, a C&L Aviation Group company, has installed a Bongiovi speakerless cabin audio system into an Embraer 135. The system, which uses Bongiovi’s patented Digital Power Station (DPS) signal processing technology, coupled with transducers attached to the backside of aircraft interior panels, is the first such system installed into an Embraer 135 aircraft.

“C&L are experts in modifying and improving regional aircraft like ERJ 135/145 making them the ideal choice for a project like this one,” said Rob Hamelink, Managing Partner at Bongiovi Aviation. C&L has been a great partner of ours for several years and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

“C&L is always excited to be able to provide solutions like the Bongiovi system to meet the specialised needs of our customers,” said Calvin Tuitt, Senior VP of Business Development MRO. “Due to our regional and corporate aircraft experience, C&L is a logical choice to complete projects like this one.”

On Air Dining catering van

On Air Dining enjoys post-lockdown revival

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On Air Dining catering van

Investment and an efficiency drive made during the COVID-19 lockdown is paying dividends for On Air Dining, with the company recording revenues 45% ahead of projections for July and August and trending higher than the London private aviation recovery rate.

In the face of competition, On Air Dining has also maintained 40% revenue from newly acquired customers.

Both Stansted and Farnborough facilities were streamlined for efficiency to better service last minute requests, with additional staff hired at Farnborough to meet current demand and future growth.

‘It was important to me that we remain open during lockdown to continue to support our customers and crews in their effort to get passengers and supplies safely to their destination. It was most certainly a risk, but it has paid off in customer goodwill and of course increase in market share. I’m incredibly proud of our success in such a competitive market and feel we are better positioned for growth in the post-recovery market. The Team’s dedication to safety, service, and continual improvement was key,’ commented Daniel Hulme, CEO, On Air Dining

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.