With two full-service aircraft service locations and 25 satellite avionics shops strategically placed throughout the United States, Duncan Aviation recently reached a milestone, installing its 500th in-flight connectivity system from Aircell, the business aviation division of Gogo®.
With more than 500 installations, Duncan Aviation holds a prominent position as leader of the aftermarket installation of in-flight internet and aircraft Wi-Fi upgrades such as Aircell Gogo Bizand SwiftBroadband systems.
According to Mike Minchow, Completions and Modifications Marketing Manager for Duncan Aviation, there is strong market demand for products that increase the productivity of business aircraft. “Wireless internet certainly filled a need for business aviation, and Aircell has been a leader in that market. On-board Wi-Fi has completely transformed the travel experience, allowing operators to be much more efficient in the air and allowing for a true office-in-the-sky experience.”
“Combining the benefits of our Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) and multiple locations, we’re able to offer owners a great deal of flexibility as well as the confidence that their aircraft is in the care of the most experienced technicians in the industry and a company known for its service and support,” he continues.
Duncan Aviation has invested heavily in the Wi-Fi market. The company owns 13 STCs for broadband with Wi-Fi. The Duncan Aviation Engineering Team completed the STCs under Duncan Aviation’s ODA, which includes STC, Major Repair and Alterations (MRA) and Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) authority. Duncan Aviation holds STCs for in-flight Wi-Fi for the following models: Hawker 800A, 800XP, 850XP, 900XP, the Falcon 2000, 2000EX, 2000EX EASy and 900EX, 900EX EASy, the Cessna CJ2, CJ2+ and CJ3, the Citation 680, 750, the Challenger 300, 601-3A/R, 604, 605, the Lear 45, the Embraer Legacy 600, 650 and the Gulfstream GIV, GV.
John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, says, “Duncan Aviation has now installed approximately 20% of all the Gogo Biz systems in service globally, making a significant contribution to the worldwide adoption of in-flight Internet services in the business aviation market. They’ve fully embraced connectivity technologies on behalf of customers, invested in STCs and built deep technical expertise.”
An Operator's Guide to Aircraft Internet Options
As operators research Wi-Fi and in-flight internet options, it’s easy to get confused with all the systems, capabilities and coverage zones. Duncan Aviation's Field Guide: Making Sense of Wi-Fi helps make sense of it all.
Written by industry experts, the document outlines the criteria for planning a Wi-Fi installation in business aircraft, and includes coverage maps, recommended equipment and available rates.