The PlaneSense Pilatus fleet will soon be fully online. The company will soon complete its installation of the Gogo AVANCE L3 solution across the PC-12 and PC-24 fleet.
AVANCE L3 is an important addition to the value proposition of the PlaneSense® program, especially with its excellent bandwidth performance, and with functionality starting at 3,000 feet.– George Antoniadis, president and CEO, PlaneSense, Inc.
The PlaneSense fleet consists of 39 PC-12s and seven Pilatus PC-24 jets. All of the PC-24 jets and 32 of the PC-12 props currently fly with active AVANCE L3 systems onboard. PlaneSense operates these aircraft as part of its fractional ownership operations.
The AVANCE L3 provides full internet capability in a lightweight and small form factor, ideal for light jets and turboprop aircraft. PlaneSense also offers the base version of Gogo Vision which provides a moving map for passengers to track flight progress and news clips.
“By offering Gogo Wi-Fi on its fleet, PlaneSense, Inc. clients are able to make their flight time more productive, and entertaining,” said Jim Zanino, vice president of customer sales for Gogo Business Aviation. “Regardless of the size or mission of an aircraft, passengers expect quality inflight Wi-Fi and the L3 delivers a great experience.”
The PC-24 fleet has carried AVANCE L3 since 2018. Expanding it to the PC-12s has, to date, been handled by Atlas Aircraft Center, the maintenance affiliate of the PlaneSense program. The company expects to complete installation on the remaining seven aircraft in the coming weeks. PlaneSense also anticipates five more PC-12 deliveries this year, all of which will be retrofit by Atlas.
Future PC-12 orders, however, will come with the kit installed at the factory. AVANCE L3 has been a line-fit option for several years and with its connectivity commitment PlaneSense is now ready to take advantage of that installation option.
The company did not detail how many planes are expected in 2023 and beyond, noting contract details are still being finalized.
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