A Dassault Falcon 900DX has been equipped with a Gogo Avance L5 wi-fi-based communications solution during its 2C inspection at RUAG MRO International.
The project called upon the skills of the company’s avionics specialists in Lugano-Agno, Switzerland, and its Dassault authorized service center (ASC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The solution ensures a 4G connectivity experience across up to 40 personal devices for streaming, IFE and business communications functionality. RUAG achieved the installation on the basis of a STC designed by Dassault Falcon Jet, and specifically validated for this project by EASA.
“Our Falcon customer required full and seamless connectivity, for the broad selection of business and entertainment applications across various devices, at any given time,” said Stephan Woodtli, general manager of RUAG’s Agno site. “The Gogo Avance L5 system quickly became the solution to these exacting expectations.”
The connectivity and communications platform features an 802.11ac dual-band router (5GHz and 2.4GHz) designed to maximize bandwidth, dynamic, multi-bearer data and voice management, and the ability to connect with Gogo Biz/Gogo Biz 4G, Iridium Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, and Inmarsat Jet ConneX bearers.
The installation was part of a complex cabin upgrade focusing on modernization and enhanced comfort. The customer opted for the complete refurbishment of wood, leather and carpeting, as well as the integration of an IFE system. RUAG says the accompanying cabin acoustic and thermal insulation improvement was the first installation of its STC in Europe.
“This latest achievement underscores our dedication to our business aircraft customers as we continuously strive to offer the latest in technology to enhance comfort and relaxation on board their aircraft,” said Pio Ming, general manager at RUAG’s Falcon ASC in Geneva.
“The best solutions stem from long-standing relationships with OEMs, like Dassault Falcon, where we all benefit from their established experience in the industry,” said Volker Wallrodt, senior vice president of business jets, Dornier 228 and military at RUAG.