Gogo Business Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) and Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the FAA for its new dual-directional antennas, which will be used with the Gogo AVANCE L5 system
Gogo AVANCE L5, formerly known as the Gogo Biz 4G LRU, connects to the Gogo Biz 4G network delivering faster speeds and enhanced network capacity.
Gogo Business Aviation says this enables a more robust experience for activities such as live streaming video and audio, on-demand movies, personal smartphone use, real-time data for cockpit apps, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight.
Sergio Aguirre, Gogo’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, said: “Using our proprietary Gogo Biz 4G network, Gogo AVANCE L5 will deliver an inflight Wi-Fi experience unrivalled by anything else in business aviation, and demand from customers is strong.
“I’m so proud of our team. We told the marketplace that we would launch 4G service in mid-2017, and we met that commitment.”
Gogo Business Aviation’s dealers and OEM partners are actively pursuing multiple STCs that will certify the Gogo AVANCE L5 system for installation on more than 40 business aircraft models.
The majority of other business aircraft models will also be available for Gogo AVANCE L5 system installation using existing STCs.
Gogo says AVANCE is an innovative approach that combines Gogo’s advanced hardware and software technology to create a fully-integrated, aviation-grade inflight connectivity and entertainment platform.
Gogo AVANCE is the heart of the company’s new suite of platform-based products, beginning with its Smart Cabin systems – SCS Elite and SCE Media, which launched in July – followed by the Gogo AVANCE L5 hardware.
Created specifically for the business aviation market, the Gogo Biz 4G network is built on the company’s existing ground network of more than 250 towers and fibre backhaul, which has provided connectivity for hundreds of thousands of flight hours aboard thousands of business and commercial aircraft.
The AVANCE L5 equipment package will incorporate dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and a host of other features – all from a single box.
Gogo AVANCE L5 provides an upgrade path to Gogo’s Next-Gen network, scheduled to launch in 2018. The Next-Gen network will use a proprietary modem, a new beam-forming antenna and unlicensed spectrum to produce speeds up to 100 Mbps.
It will utilise LTE technology and leverage Gogo’s existing North American network and infrastructure.