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Western Aircraft and Gogo partner on 5G STC for Pilatus PC-24




BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 13, 2022 – Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is partnering with Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO) to secure the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Gogo 5G system on the Pilatus PC-24 aircraft.

This comprehensive STC will be available for PC-24 owners who install the Gogo AVANCE™ L5 today along with the full Gogo 5G provisional kit, which will expedite installation once the STC is secured.

In late 2020, Western Aircraft completed the first aftermarket MRO Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of the Gogo AVANCE™ L3 in-flight connectivity and entertainment (IFEC) system in Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

“We’ve partnered with Gogo successfully before in support of Pilatus aircraft and we are excited to partner with them again,” said Kerry Heiss, director of sales and marketing for Western Aircraft. “Our team has been servicing Pilatus aircraft for more than 25 years. It’s an honor to partner with Gogo to provide a 5G connectivity solution for PC-24 operators.”

“The Western Aircraft team is a long-standing, valued partner with Gogo,” said David Salvador, vice president of aftermarket sales for Gogo. “We’re excited to see their continued investments that will bring Pilatus PC-24 aircraft owners and operators this quality certification for the Gogo 5G system. Meeting future data demands in flight starts with a Gogo 5G investment today.”

5G is expected to deliver ~25 Mbps on average with peak speeds in the 75-80 Mbps range and has been designed to deliver high throughput with very low latency to address the increasing demand for data-heavy interactive services like video conferencing.

Gogo recently announced that it had completed construction of the Gogo 5G network nationwide and that it will begin to expand into Canada in 2023.

The STC will be completed at Western Aircraft’s facility in Boise, Idaho.

About Western Aircraft
Western Aircraft, Inc. is a full-service FBO, FAA certified aircraft repair station, and a factory authorized maintenance/modification facility for Cessna Aircraft, Dassault Falcon, Embraer Executive Jets, Beechcraft, Gogo Business Aviation, Honeywell, Collins Aerospace, Universal Avionics, Pilatus, Piper and many other major suppliers to the Corporate and General Aviation industry.

Western recently added Gulfstream to its maintenance capabilities and is a longtime factory-appointed dealer selling new Pilatus and Piper aircraft. Western Aircraft services include maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishments; aircraft sales, charter and management; parts distribution and fixed base operations.

About Gogo Business Aviation

Gogo is the world’s largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market. We offer a customizable suite of smart cabin systems for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and voice solutions.

Gogo’s products and services are installed on thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission types from turboprops to the largest global jets, and are utilized by the largest fractional ownership operators, charter operators, corporate flight departments and individuals.

As of June 30, 2022, Gogo reported 2,893 business aircraft flying with Gogo’s AVANCE L5 or L3 system installed, 6,654 aircraft flying with its ATG systems onboard, and 4,462 aircraft with narrowband satellite connectivity installed. Connect with us at business.gogoair.com.