100Mbps in the air



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Duncan Aviation is working with Gogo Business Aviation to develop STCs for Gogo’s new 4G service, set to come online in a few weeks. The 4G STCs include the Bombardier Challenger 604/605/650, Challenger 300/350 and Global 5000/Express; Dassault Falcon 900/900EX and 2000/2000EX; and Gulfstream GIV and GV types. Speeds are slated to rise above 9.8 Mbps, up from 3.1Mbps today. Additionally, those upgrading to a Gogo Biz 4G system will be able to “easily upgrade and access” Gogo’s Next Gen service, which is expected to come online next year and offer data speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

Greenpoint Technologies has secured a contract  for a BBJ 787-8 and its first 787-9.

Poland’s Metal Master is in the final stages of ground testing its Flaris LAR-1 personal jet, and plans to fly the five-seat single early in the second quarter.  Its main rival in the sector is the Cirrus Vision SF50. The company says it will start to take orders for the  €1.6 million ($1.7 million) aircraft after its first flight.