Gogo Business Aviation is celebrating a ramp-up in the pace of installations for its AVANCE L5 in-flight connectivity system, with the company equipping 100 aircraft in the first six months since launch and the same number again in the six weeks that followed.

It has another 700 AVANCE L5 installations "in the pipeline", and expects to have installed 500 systems by the end of the year.

"By the time EBACE hits, we will be nearing 250 installations of the AVANCE L5 system. It took approximately six months to reach the first 100 installations and then just more than six weeks to reach 200, so the pace of installations has increased rapidly in the past couple of months," says a Gogo spokesman.

Gogo is working towards completing supplemental type certificates for more than 55 business jet platforms.

"We have approximately 45 STCs completed currently and our dealer partners and OEMs continue to make progress to develop the remaining STCs that are outstanding," says the spokesman.

Gogo launched its new and improved 4G air-to-ground service last year. It connects to Gogo's ground network of 250 cellular towers and has three times the capacity of its predecessor.

"The demand for AVANCE L5 has been overwhelming," says Gogo Business Aviation president Sergio Aguirre. "The reports we're receiving from those who are using L5 have been extremely positive and the system is performing as expected.

"Our mission now is to get our product manufacturing caught up with the demand, and we're making tremendous progress on that front every day."

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Source: Flight Daily News