Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced it has completed the first aftermarket MRO Supplemental Type Certificate for installation of the Gogo AVANCE™ L3 in-flight connectivity system in Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
AVANCE™ L3 is Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi system tailor-made for turboprops and light jets. Its connectivity allows users to browse secure connections such as corporate VPN access, email, social media, online search, and access online accounts on up to 25 devices at once. Gogo also recently announced that the L3 platform provides customers connectivity at 3,000 feet above the ground as opposed to the previous 10,000 feet above the ground, which benefits many PC-12 operators who don’t spend much time flying above 10,000 feet.
“We’re thrilled to offer our customers, especially Part 135 operators, the stability of an STC for a modification to their aircraft’s in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity system,” said Western Aircraft’s Avionics Sales Manager Beau Hawkins. “Our excellent relationship with Gogo Business Aviation, and our experience with PC-12 aircraft made this a perfect fit as it expands its service to Canada.”
“This is great news that our valued aftermarket partner, Western Aircraft, has become the first to fully certify the AVANCE L3 on the prestigious Pilatus PC-12,” said David Salvador, vice president of aftermarket sales for Gogo Business Aviation. “Hundreds of in-service PC-12 aircraft owners and operators can now install and reap the benefit of the Gogo AVANCE platform with this full equipment STC.”
As an Authorized Pilatus Service Center, Western Aircraft technicians have logged hundreds of thousands of maintenance hours on Pilatus PC-12 aircraft in recent years. In addition, Western Aircraft has sold more than 300 new and used PC-12s and PC-24s since 1996.