Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is partnering with Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO) to secure the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Gogo 5G system on the Pilatus PC-24 aircraft.
This comprehensive STC will be available for PC-24 owners who install the Gogo AVANCE™ L5 today along with the full Gogo 5G provisional kit, which will expedite installation once the STC is secured.
In late 2020, Western Aircraft completed the first aftermarket MRO Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of the Gogo AVANCE™ L3 in-flight connectivity and entertainment (IFEC) system in Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
“We’ve partnered with Gogo successfully before in support of Pilatus aircraft and we are excited to partner with them again,” said Kerry Heiss, director of sales and marketing for Western Aircraft. “Our team has been servicing Pilatus aircraft for more than 25 years. It’s an honor to partner with Gogo to provide a 5G connectivity solution for PC-24 operators.”
“The Western Aircraft team is a long-standing, valued partner with Gogo,” said David Salvador, vice president of aftermarket sales for Gogo. “We’re excited to see their continued investments that will bring Pilatus PC-24 aircraft owners and operators this quality certification for the Gogo 5G system. Meeting future data demands in flight starts with a Gogo 5G investment today.”
5G is expected to deliver ~25 Mbps on average with peak speeds in the 75-80 Mbps range and has been designed to deliver high throughput with very low latency to address the increasing demand for data-heavy interactive services like video conferencing.
Gogo recently announced that it had completed construction of the Gogo 5G network nationwide and that it will begin to expand into Canada in 2023.
The STC will be completed at Western Aircraft’s facility in Boise, Idaho.