Gogo Biz 4G on course for shipments in early 2017


Gogo Business Aviation has completed the initial phase of flight testing for its Gogo Biz 4G service.

“Gogo Biz 4G will deliver a true 4G inflight experience on a robust, reliable network that business aircraft operators can count on,” said John Wade, Gogo Business Aviation’s executive vice president and general manager. “Flight test performance has exceeded our expectations to date. Market interest is high and we remain on track for first shipments in early 2017.”

During a recent four-hour flight test sortie on board the company’s Challenger 600 testbed, multiple streaming video and streaming audio sessions were conducted simultaneously on a variety of devices – including laptops, tablets and phones.

Gogo designed the initial phase of testing to put Gogo Biz 4G through its paces in the harshest real-world conditions including testing air and ground congestion. Testing was conducted at full range from the respective ground sites – up to 150 miles – at typical business aircraft cruise altitudes (30,000-34,000ft) in a live commercial environment with a plethora of other connected airline and business aircraft traffic in the vicinity.

Flight profiles covered both rural and congested urban areas – including the departure and arrival corridors for Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Flight testing was conducted using fully certified hardware on Gogo’s air-to-ground network.

The Gogo Biz 4G equipment package will incorporate dual-band 802.11ac wi-fi service and many other features, all from a single box.

April 27, 2016

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