STCs mean Gogo can test 2Ku service in flying lab

Gogo has received the first of two supplemental type certificates (STCs) from the FAA which are required to move forward with its 2Ku next generation satellite connectivity service.
This means the company can now begin flight tests on its own 737-500 flying lab. Gogo will start the tests with one antenna with the aim of adding a second in June. The company expects to obtain the second required STC and then launch commercial service of its 2Ku technology later in 2015.
“This is a crucial step towards bringing Gogo's 2Ku service to market later this year,” stated Anand Chari, chief technology officer, Gogo. “We now have FCC approval and FAA approval for the radome, antenna and avionics equipment.”

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