Gogo's Business Aviation Group Announces FANS Solutions
Company is fielding two cost-effective equipment packages to meet forthcoming
cockpit data link mandates
GENEVA, Switzerland, May 19, 2014
GENEVA, Switzerland, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --[2014 European Business
Aviation Convention & Exhibition] -- Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO), announces that
its business aviation group, Aircell, has unveiled two new solutions designed
to help business aircraft operators comply with the global aviation industry's
forthcoming FANS (Future Air Navigation System) mandates.
Because Aircell's FANS solutions operate over Iridium satellite technology,
they are significantly less expensive to install than traditional
satellite-based equipment packages. John Wade, Aircell's Executive Vice
President and General Manager, said, "FANS is one of the hottest topics in the
business aviation industry right now. Aircell is pleased to offer
cost-effective and lightweight solutions to help aircraft operators comply
with the forthcoming cockpit data link mandates."
FANS capabilities are becoming mandatory for aircraft on the most desirable
and frequently-used oceanic routes between North America and Europe. FANS
technologies allow flight crews and air traffic controllers to exchange
safety-sensitive flight information via digital data link – such as clearances
and requests to climb or descend. They also enable automated position
reporting via the aircraft's Flight Management System. FANS can enable
aircraft to obtain preferential altitudes and routing which improves
efficiency, reduces fuel consumption and saves time.
Aircell is offering two systems that meet all eligibility requirements for
inclusion as part of a comprehensive, certified FANS solution.
Aircell's FANS-over-Iridium (FOI) Systems
1.Aircell Axxess System. First introduced in 2005, Aircell Axxess is a very
prolific system in the business aviation market – currently flying on
thousands of aircraft and offered as standard or optional equipment by
most major business aircraft manufacturers. Paired with Aircell's Data
Interface Unit (DIU), the Aircell Axxess FANS solution will be available
to existing Aircell Axxess customers as a field retrofit through a special
upgrade/exchange program. It will also be available for new installations.
System upgrades and shipments are expected to begin in June 2014.
2.ST 4300 System. Announced in March of this year, the ST 4300 is Aircell's
most advanced Iridium-based communications solution. The system's optional
FANS capabilities can be specified during initial system purchase and
installation, or by purchasing the respective dealer-installed software
keys for an existing system in the field. First shipments of the ST 4300
system are expected in June 2014 and the system's FANS capabilities are
expected to be available starting in Q4 2014.
Aircell, a Gogo company, is a leading provider of in-flight connectivity
equipment and services to the business aviation market. Through a full range
of services including voice, Internet, cockpit data and more, Aircell
increases the productivity, safety, and enjoyment of the business aviation
travel experience. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, USA, Aircell is an
AS9100-certified company serving a global customer base with an authorized
dealer/distributor network that spans six continents. A trusted brand in
airborne communications, Aircell is a factory option at every major business
aircraft manufacturer and installed on the world's largest fractional
ownership fleets. The only company to offer equipment for three of the
industry's most popular network technologies – Iridium Satellite, Inmarsat
SwiftBroadband and Gogo Biz^® – Aircell provides advice and solutions
addressing any customer need, aircraft type, or geography.
A Collier Trophy nominee and the recipient of several dozen awards for
innovation, Aircell is widely credited with many of the industry's most
influential historical achievements, beginning with the groundbreaking
airborne cellular concept that launched the company in 1991. Connect with us
at www.aircell.com and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aircellbizav.
Gogo is the global leader of in flight connectivity and wireless in-flight
digital entertainment solutions. Using Gogo's exclusive products and services,
passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 2,000 Gogo
equipped commercial aircraft. In-flight connectivity partners include
Aeromexico, American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines,
Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US
Airways and Virgin America. In-flight entertainment partners include
Aeromexico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Scoot and US
Airways. In addition to its commercial airline business, Gogo has more than
6,500 business aircraft outfitted with its communications services.
Back on the ground, Gogo's 600+ employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO and
London are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially
connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with Gogo at
www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at
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