Gogo Business Aviation says that Trimec Aviation is to develop a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its new Gogo Biz 4G inflight connectivity system.
The system is due to launch in the next few months.
Trimec Aviation is an authorised full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul Gogo dealer.
The company will develop an STC for Gogo’s 4G system for Gulfstream G200 aircraft, and will participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other business aircraft.
John Holland, Avionics Manager for Trimec Aviation, said: “Our team is ready to install and certify Gogo’s newest technology.
“Gogo Biz 4G continues to be highly anticipated by the customers we serve and we are pleased to be able to provide our services as installation experts of Gogo’s services.”
The company says Gogo Biz 4G will deliver a 4G experience with reliable connectivity for passengers over existing technologies.
The new service will include services such as Gogo Vision, providing the latest movies and TV episodes, flight tracker, weather reports, and additional features; Gogo Text & Talk, allowing passengers to call and text with their personal smart phones and mobile numbers; streaming video and audio; as well as face-to-face conversations with a user’s favourite applications; email with attachments; and web browsing – on a proven network in the continental U.S. and large portions of Alaska and Canada.
“Trimec Aviation is a valued Gogo dealer partner,” said David Salvador, vice president of aftermarket sales for Gogo.
“We’re nearing the launch of Gogo Biz 4G and Trimec Aviation’s work on the G200 is significant. We thank Trimec for developing the STC for this popular model of Gulfstream aircraft.”
Created specifically for the business aviation market, Gogo’s 4G system is a specially designed application of Gogo’s air-to-ground technology that leverages its existing ground network of more than 250 towers, fibre backhaul and technology that has already flown hundreds of thousands of hours aboard thousands of business and commercial aircraft.
The 4G equipment package will incorporate dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and a host of other features – all from a single, lightweight box.
Gogo recently received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval and Parts Manufacturing Authority (PMA) from the FAA for the Gogo Biz 4G system hardware, and is on track to begin shipments later in the second quarter of 2017.