Avionics News May 2017 - 60
At a recent AEA International Convention & Trade Show, AEA President Paula Derks asked member companies the following
question: What's working for you? Derks challenged AEA members to share their success stories, best practices and ideas
that are working for their respective companies. This article is part of a series that highlights how AEA member companies
recognized challenging economic circumstances, and how they responded and overcame them.
Business initiatives that are elevating companies to success
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n January 2017, Gogo Business Aviation was
continuing toward the planned launch of its 4G
connectivity technology in the first half of this year,
with Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company,
Western Aircraft is authorized to work on a variety of business aircraft.
developing supplemental type certificates for the new system.
Located in Boise, Idaho, Western Aircraft is an
authorized full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul
Gogo dealer. The company will develop STCs for Gogo's
4G system for Dassault Falcon 2000 series aircraft, and will
participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations
on other business aircraft.
"The new Gogo 4G system is something our operators
are excited to add to their aircraft," said Austin Shontz, vice
president and general manager for Western Aircraft. "Our
experienced avionics technicians are experts in Gogo's
system installations, and they are ready for the next step
with 4G. We're excited to certify the new system when it's
ready to launch in the coming months."
Gogo expects to deliver a 4G experience with reliable
connectivity for passengers over existing technologies. The
new service will include Gogo Vision, providing the latest
movies and TV episodes, flight tracker, weather reports,
and additional features; Gogo Text & Talk, allowing
passengers to call and text with their personal smartphones
and mobile numbers; streaming video and audio; as
well as face-to-face conversations with a user's favorite
applications; email with attachments; and web browsing on