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Duncan Aviation, Gogo Add AVANCE Installation Options for Business Aircraft

By Frank Wolfe | June 12, 2020
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Duncan Aviation and Gogo Business Aviation are partnering to offer additional options for business operators to install the Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi system and the Gogo AVANCE Smart Cabin System (Duncan Aviation Photo)

Duncan Aviation said earlier this month that it is partnering with Gogo to offer new installation options for the Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi system and the Gogo AVANCE Smart Cabin System (SCS).

The new options, afforded through Duncan Aviation's amending of three Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the Gogo AVANCE L5 Wi-Fi system, will allow business aviation operators to install the Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi system or a standalone SCS in more than a dozen aircraft models, including the Gulfstream GIV and GIV-X and the Bombardier Challenger 300, 250, 604, 605, and 650, according to Duncan Aviation.

The Nebraska-based company, which bills itself as the largest family-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in the world, said that amended STCs for the Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi system will include the installation of the single air card Line Replacement Unit (LRU) and mounting tray and will cover all other existing architecture for the AVANCE L3, including the Wi-Fi and terrestrial modem antennas. The amended STCs will also cover design changes for the installation of the Gogo AVANCE SCS.

Gogo's AVANCE L3

David Salvador, vice president of aftermarket sales for Gogo Business Aviation, said in a statement that the added STCs Duncan Aviation is developing for Gogo AVANCE L3 and SCS, "will greatly benefit our mutual business aviation customers."

Duncan Aviation said that the built-in cybersecurity of the AVANCE L3 allows business passengers to "connect safely and securely" to their companies' Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) "to meet deadlines, send and receive important email, and access information on the Web" and to access onboard news and entertainment with no connection needed using Gogo Vision, which is built into the L3 system. AVANCE L3 also provides pilots with real-time information on popular pilot applications, Duncan Aviation said.

SCS allows passengers to make voice calls, view in-flight maps and destination weather reports, and access entertainment with Gogo Vision enabled.

Shawn Carraher, Duncan Aviation's manager of engineering and certification business development, said in a statement that L3 and SCS are "cost-effective options for customers who want the reliability and functionality of Gogo’s AVANCE system but don’t yet need the speed of the L5 Wi-Fi system."

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