Gogo Business Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval from the FAA for its Gogo Biz 4G system.
Gogo’s Bombardier Challenger aircraft was used for certification testing and Gogo Biz 4G is now set to launch in the next few months.
Mike Syverson, Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations for Gogo, said: “We continue to cross important thresholds on our path to launching our Gogo 4G Biz service.
“We continue to remain on schedule with our system development, hitting every major milestone we committed to when we announced the service. The excitement and anticipation from our customers and dealers continues to build as we near service availability.”
Gogo Biz 4G upgrade programmes are available for new and existing ATG customers.
Gogo already has several dealers, including Duncan Aviation, Constant Aviation, Western Aircraft and Silverhawk Aviation committed to securing STCs on a variety of aircraft, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Gogo Biz 4G
Created specifically for the business aviation market, Gogo says its 4G system is a technology that leverages the company’s existing ground network of more than 250 towers and fibre backhaul that has already provided connectivity for hundreds of thousands of flight hours aboard thousands of business and commercial aircraft.
The 4G equipment package will incorporate a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and a host of other features – all from a single, lightweight box.
The new service will also offer Gogo Vision, which provides the latest movies and television shows via the Gogo Vision product; flight tracker; real time weather reports; Gogo Text & Talk, which allows passengers to call and text with their personal smart phones and mobile numbers; streaming video and audio; live face-to-face conversations through a user’s favourite application; email with attachments; and web browsing – on a proven network in the continental U.S. and large portions of Alaska and Canada.
Additionally, Gogo Biz 4G provides an upgrade path to Gogo’s Next Gen network that is expected to produce speeds up to 100 Mbps.
The Next Gen network, scheduled to launch in 2018, will use a proprietary modem, a new beam-forming antenna and unlicensed spectrum to produce that level of performance.
It will utilise LTE technology and leverage Gogo’s existing North American network and infrastructure of more than 250 towers.