Banyan Air Service completed the installation of a Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi system in a HondaJet Elite; the first install of its kind in the country. The project was strictly a standalone avionics install and was quoted with respect to man hours at 15 business days. This install provided inflight connectivity domestically for a startup charter business whose says their dream is to move into a fleet of HondaJets (10+).
“We completed the install a day earlier than anticipated and the customer was thrilled with the results, seeing the aircraft return to service completed, washed, waxed and fueled on the front line” said Danny Santiago, Banyan’s Avionics manager.
The week after delivering the above HondaJet Elite, Banyan accepted another HondaJet Elite to perform a hybrid installation. Banyan committed to a 14-15 day projection for the hybrid installation due to other inputs; however the team worked six days a week, for 10-plus hours a day, and completed it in 11 days. The hybrid installation allows the customer to upload real time data and engine trend information via the Gogo AVANCE platform. During the next few weeks, the customer and vendors will be continuing the research and development on the systems and its information provided.
“If the system extracts and transmits the data as required by the equipment manufacturer, engine manufacturer and aircraft manufacturer, this could streamline the way the engine warranty programs work in order to maintain warranty coverage,” says Santiago.
Banyan has completed more than 20 Gogo installations to include air-to-ground (ATG) systems and AVANCE L3 and L5 platforms. Gogo AVANCE L3 offers a small form factor, and is a fully integrated in-flight connectivity system ideal for light to mid-size aircraft. Gogo AVANCE L5 boosts the performance to three times faster for a more robust 4G experience.