In-flight connectivity provider Gogo Business Aviation has teamed up with ForeFlight to deliver GPS aircraft location information throughout the cockpit and cabin, without the need to install additional onboard hardware.
ForeFlight specialises in producing integrated flight apps containing up-to-the-minute weather data, flight planning information and in-flight tools in one place.
The new partnership builds GPS location information into the ForeFlight Mobile iOS-based app and enables it to be distributed via the onboard wi-fi system to both the cockpit and the cabin. This negates the need to invest in a separate GPS system and related antennas and hardware.
As well as providing this vital information to pilots, the service enables passengers to keep track of the positioning of the aircraft on their mobile devices.
"Our goal with this initiative was to simplify the overall on-aircraft systems configuration, and reduce the number of onboard systems that passengers and crew are required to interact with and use on a regular basis," says Lisa Peterson, senior vice-president of marketing and digital at Gogo Business Aviation.
"It not only makes operating the aircraft more efficient, it saves a significant amount of time and money for the owner or operator because the aircraft doesn't have to be taken out of service for installation of new antennas or equipment which GPS systems require."