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SmartSky’s next-generation ATG soon to be available on Citation Latitude

SmartSky Networks announced that sales and installation partner Davinci Jets has completed first article installation on the aircraft type. The SmartSky Flagship™ equipped aircraft has returned to service and FAA STC is expected in the coming months. SmartSky has 15 available STCs and more than a dozen in progress.

NetJets signs connectivity upgrade agreement with Gogo

The 10-year agreement gives NetJets the opportunity to upgrade its entire fleet of aircraft to the AVANCE platform, including 5G and Gogo’s global LEO broadband satellite service, depending on the aircraft’s mission.
Gogo is planning to launch its Gogo 5G in the third quarter of 2024 and its OneWeb powered LEO service in the second half of 2024.

Viasat harmonizes its Viasat Ka-band offering with ex-Inmarsat Jet ConneX

Following the recent acquisition of Inmarsat business, Viasat will now be offering an expanded range of service options to business aviation customers using Viasat’s existing GAT-5510 terminal, as well as three upcoming next-generation Jet ConneX terminals – Satcom Direct’s Plane Simple Ka-band, Orbit’s AirTRx30, and Honeywell’s JetWave X.

Gogo signs first Canadian customer for Gogo 5G

The largest canadian fractional operator AirSprint will begin upgrading its Cessna Citation CJ3+ and Embraer aircraft to Gogo 5G—making it Gogo’s first Canadian fleet customer. Gogo is currently the only air-to-ground (ATG) company in business aviation with coverage in Canada and Alaska.

Jet It selects Gogo AVANCE L3 for fleetwide installation

Jet It currently operates Gogo connectivity systems on its HondaJet aircraft and will be installing Gogo Light Jet AVANCE L3 connectivity platform on the remainder of its 26 aircraft fleet including every new Phenom 300 aircraft.

Satcom Direct Installs Prototype Ka-band Plane Simple® Terminal for Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX

Satcom Direct completed the installation of the first Plane Simple® Ka-band antenna on the company’s Gulfstream G550. The prototype terminal, consisting of only two line-replaceable units (LRUs) – the tail-mount antenna and SD Modem Unit – is testing the advanced technology hardware’s compatibility with Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX inflight broadband service.

FAA Approves Viasat Ka-band In-Flight Connectivity STC for Gulfstream G450

With the addition of the G450, Viasat’s Ka-band connectivity system is now available on more than twenty platforms ranging from super mid-size and large cabin to most of long range business jets. Viasat’s Wi-Fi solution enables similar connectivity onboard as experienced on the ground.

Stellar Blu Selects Satcom Direct as its Preferred Service Provider for Business Aviation

The Stellar Blu fuselage-mounted, Electronically Steered Array (ESA) terminal is designed to retrofit executive airliners to support a full suite of connectivity services. Satcom Direct will be responsible for selling and activating the airtime, customer service, cybersecurity monitoring and additional value-added services associated with airtime plans to Sidewinder terminal customers

Gogo Business Aviation Finishes Construction of its Nationwide Gogo 5G network

With a 150-Site Network, the new 5G network now covers the contiguous United States and will expand into Canada beginning in 2023. Gogo 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.