Duncan Aviation has partnered with Gogo Business Aviation to provide installation options for the Gogo Avance L3 and the Smart Cabin System (SCS). The engineering and certification services teams at Duncan Aviation are currently amending three existing STCs for the Gogo Avance L5 Wi-Fi system. Once completed, customers will be able to install Avance L3 Wi-Fi system or a standalone SCS in more than a dozen aircraft models, which currently include the Gulfstream GIV and GIV-X, the Bombardier Challenger 604, 605, and 650 and the Challenger 300 and 350
The Avance L3 provides connectivity and functionality for all in-flight business and personal needs. The built-in cybersecurity lets passengers connect safely and securely to their company's VPN to meet deadlines, send and receive email and access information on the web. They can stay connected via their mobile phone as they send and receive voice and video calls and text messages, and when they're ready to relax they can enjoy on-demand movies, news, TV programming and magazines with no connection needed using Gogo Vision, which is built into the L3 system. The Avance L3 also keeps pilots informed with real-time information on many popular pilot applications.
The SCS provides the router and Wi-Fi output functionality, an integrated CMS and inflight entertainment with Gogo Vision. With just this unit, passengers can access and use all available data, make voice calls, view in-flight maps and destination weather reports, and use less demanding times to relax with a library of movies and TV shows, magazines and news clips when Gogo Vision is enabled.
“As one of the leading MROs in the world and a long-standing valued partner with Gogo, Duncan Aviation continues to lead in the industry with ongoing certification investments in Gogo systems,” says David Salvador, VP of aftermarket sales for Gogo Business Aviation. “The additional STCs Duncan Aviation is developing for Gogo Avance L3 and SCS will greatly benefit our mutual business aviation customers.”
The 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 (cellular) antennas. The amended STCs will also cover design changes for the installation of the Gogo Avance SCS.
Duncan Aviation has received validation for the STCs from the FAA and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and has sought EASA validation as well.
“We are pleased to offer the L3 and SCS 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,” says Duncan Aviation's manager of engineering and certification business development Shawn Carraher.