Gogo has announced several cockpit and operational applications that will be available for use with its ATG 1000 inflight connectivity system from December 2015. Via the Gogo Biz network service, the ATG 1000 system already enables voice service, email with attachments, and calling and texting with passengers’ own smartphones and mobile numbers.
“To many pilots, the only thing better than using the latest generation of apps in the cockpit is using them with a live internet connection, and that’s what today’s announcement will bring,” said John Wade, executive vice president and general manager at Gogo Business Aviation.
“The ATG 1000 is business aviation’s most affordable broadband system – it’s a great solution for light jets, turboprops and owner-flown aircraft, and adding cockpit app capabilities makes it even better.”
Beginning in December 2015, Gogo’s ATG 1000 connectivity system will support FlightAware’s Flight Tracker and Global apps, ForeFlight Mobile, Honeywell’s myGDC and WSI Corporation’s Pilotbrief Optima.
FlightAware’s Flight Tracker and Global apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices enable worldwide flight tracking, nearby aircraft monitoring, push notifications and flight alerts, worldwide airport delay and status notification and more.
ForeFlight Mobile for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices provides flight planning, route briefing and filing, inflight moving map with real-time weather, USA and Canada VFR and IFR charts, geo-referenced taxi charts, destination information, flight notifications, cloud documents and more.
Honeywell’s MyGDC mobile app is designed to simplify flight operations and gives access to Global Data Center (GDC) services on the iPad. Pilots can create and file flight plans, customize, email and download trip kits and access up-to-the minute weather updates and airspace information.
WSI Corporation’s Pilotbrief Optima delivers preflight briefings and continuous updates directly to the iPad, including high-definition weather layers (radar, satellite IR, VIL and EchoTop mosaics), route-specific weather and NOTAM briefings, tropical storm tracks, graphic METARS, 10-day planning forecasts and more.
Logistically, ATG 1000 customers will obtain apps directly from the respective providers and maintain any required subscriptions. Ongoing data usage for the apps will be covered by the customer’s choice of Gogo Biz data plan, and no additional setup fees or subscriptions are required.
For a limited time, Gogo is offering ATG 1000 customers three months of data service for a flat monthly rate of US$395 per month, with no overage fees. After that, customers can select from a variety of Gogo Biz data plans to meet their ongoing needs. Gogo expects to continue expanding the list of approved apps for the ATG 1000 system in the future.
November 25, 2015