Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading global aero-communications service provider, announces that Dassault will offer a factory-approved solution to help Falcon operators comply with emerging FANS (Future Air Navigation System) mandates. The solution includes Iridium-based communications systems from Gogo's subsidiary, Gogo Business Aviation LLC.
Beginning in November, the solution is expected to be available via a Dassault Service Bulletin at any authorized Falcon service facility for Falcon 900, Falcon 2000 and Falcon 7X aircraft with EASy II flight decks.
FANS capabilities are useful features on the most desirable and frequently-used oceanic routes between North America and Europe. FANS technologies allow flight crews and air traffic controllers to exchange safety-sensitive flight information via digital data link – such as clearances and requests to climb or descend. They also enable automated position reporting via the aircraft's Flight Management System. FANS can enable aircraft to obtain preferential altitudes and routing which improves efficiency, reduces fuel consumption and saves time.
"Creating a cost-effective FANS solution for our customers has been a top priority. Gogo Business Aviation's expertise with FANS and next-generation datalink services made them a great partner in this important project," said Mr. Olivier Villa, Senior Vice President, Civil Aircraft, Dassault Aviation. "A significant number of Falcon operators already have Gogo's Iridium-based Axxess system installed on their aircraft and our FANS solution will permit a simple upgrade for that equipment as part of the overall compliance package."
John Wade, Gogo Business Aviation's executive vice president and general manager, added, "With the forthcoming mandates, FANS is a very important topic among business aircraft operators in today's market. We're pleased to help Dassault bring a cost-effective solution to Falcon operators all over the world."
From an equipment perspective, Dassault's new FANS solution incorporates Gogo Business Aviation's Iridium-based Axxess system and Data Interface Unit (DIU). Both systems meet FAA DO-178B (Level D) certification requirements for FANS.
First introduced in 2005, the Axxess system is a prolific system in the business aviation market – currently flying on thousands of aircraft and offered as standard or optional equipment by most major business aircraft manufacturers. Paired with Gogo Business Aviation's Data Interface Unit (DIU), the FANS-compliant Axxess system is available to existing customers as a field retrofit through a special upgrade/exchange program. It is also available for new installations.
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