Gogo’s Avance connectivity systems pass 175,000-flight milestone


Gogo Business Aviation’s Avance L5 and Avance L3 have racked up 175,000 business aviation flights since Avance L5 was launched in late 2017 – travelling more than 108 million miles. Currently more than 750 L5 and 300 L3 systems are flying on types ranging from single-engine turboprops to heavy-iron global business jets.

“When we launched the Avance L5, we knew it would delight our customers, but it’s surpassed all our expectations,” said Sergio Aguirre, president of Gogo Business Aviation. “We then launched Avance L3 and that system has delivered connectivity to smaller aircraft bringing a customisable connectivity experience to meet the needs of passengers on light jets and turboprops. The great news is that demand from the marketplace continues to be strong for both systems.”

The L5 and L3 systems operate on the Gogo Avance platform – a combination of hardware and software that is the foundation of all of Gogo’s latest inflight connectivity solutions. Gogo says that the software-centric nature of its Avance systems enables a new level of remote, cloud-based service and support. With Avance, Gogo can now activate and de-activate features remotely – no license keys or onsite support required. L3 customers can choose from one of three configuration options with the ability to transition between those options at any given time, without anyone having to step on board the aircraft.

“With Avance, any changes we need to make are all done remotely – something that’s never been possible for inflight connectivity systems before now,” said Aguirre. “It’s a significant advancement, and there are no limits on the features that can be added as connectivity technology continues to evolve, since the platform is scalable. In short, Avance is the ‘brains on board’ for all of Gogo’s new Avance systems.”

L5 connects to the Gogo 4G network, delivering faster speeds and enhanced network capacity enabling activities such as live streaming video and audio, video conferencing, on-demand movies, faster web browsing, personal smartphone use, real-time data for cockpit apps, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight. L5 also provides an upgrade path for anyone who wants to add Gogo 5G when the network launches in 2021.

Gogo launched L3 early in 2018. The system is designed to deliver the benefits of the Avance platform in a lightweight, smaller form factor. L3 allows users to customise their inflight experience and can be installed on business aircraft of all types and sizes but Gogo says it is an ideal solution for smaller aircraft such as turboprops and light jets.

At the end of the second quarter of 2019, Gogo Business Aviation reported 5,462 aircraft flying with its air-to-ground systems and another 5,099 utilising satellite connectivity.

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