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FAQs: Is Wi-Fi in the Sky Right for My Plane?

Smart questions to ask before adding Wi-Fi to your light jet or turboprop

Light jet Wi-Fi


Do I really need Wi-Fi on my aircraft?

 

Many say yes, and we agree. Inflight Wi-Fi is no longer a luxury. In today’s ever-connected world, travelers are coming to expect it, even on lighter aircraft and during shorter flight times. By adding this coveted service to your aircraft (inflight Internet, email, texting, voice, and cockpit data/applications) you, your passengers, and pilots can stay seamlessly connected to their work and life while in flight. Just think, you can confirm your car rental, contact your hotel for an early check-in, remind your son about his dentist appointment, and let everyone know your true ETA.
 

Who really benefits from inflight Wi-Fi?

Everyone wins with Wi-Fi in the sky. Passengers, pilots and operators alike. Because Wi-Fi in the sky means so much more than checking email. Passengers can browse the Internet, download documents, access corporate VPN, text and make calls from their own smartphones—so they’re never out of touch with work or family. Those flying the airplane can also take advantage of applications like ForeFlight, WSI, and more. It’s what we like to call a win-win-win.
 

What does inflight Wi-Fi actually let me do? Can I text and talk?

You gain the same Wi-Fi access, reliability, and benefits that you enjoy on the ground, even on a light jet or turboprop. Think of all you can do: empty your email inbox, download and send important documents, and use text messaging so you never miss a deadline. Call your son from your smartphone to wish him luck on his math test. Share flight plans with on-ground operators for improved timing, fueling, scheduling, and planning. Plus, use real-time data to unlock the full potential of your favorite cockpit applications so you have better situational awareness.
 

Which system is right for my aircraft?

Gogo designed two high-performance connectivity solutions specifically for light jets and turboprops. Both solutions offer nationwide coverage over the continental U.S., plus portions of Alaska and Canada. This chart breaks down the capabilities of each system:
 

Capabilities ATG 1000 ATG 2000
Suited for all airframes (especially light jets and turboprops)
High performance email with attachments
Talk & text with your own smartphone & number (Gogo Text & Talk) Optional
Web browsing  
Corporate VPN access  
Cockpit applications
Connect up to five personal devices simultaneously

 

How does the installation process work? I can’t afford the downtime.

For little or no added downtime, we recommend scheduling your Wi-Fi system installation during your regular maintenance service. Or combine your Wi-Fi installation with your ADS-B equipment upgrade. Either way, we want this process to be stress-free for you. We encourage you to work with your own authorized Gogo dealer. We’ll be happy to help you find the best fit.
 

How much is it really going to cost me?

No matter what your budget, inflight Wi-Fi can be yours. Costs you’ll need to consider are installation, equipment price, and hourly rates:

  • Installation costs vary by aircraft, which inflight Wi-Fi system you choose, and the dealer you select. We’ll be happy to connect you with an authorized dealer that best fits your budget, needs, and timing.

  • Equipment packages: $35,000 MSRP for the ATG 1000 and $47,000 MSRP for the ATG 2000.

  • Hourly rates: You only pay when connected! So if you don’t connect, you don’t pay. When connected, hourly rates start at $39/hr. Best of all, you don’t have to purchase hours up front. And you’re billed in true 15-minute increments after the first hour you connect. We recommend installing an annunciator in the cockpit so that you can control whether or not you connect during a flight— making it easy to keep costs within your budget.
     

How do I get going?

Ready to thrill your passengers with inflight Wi-Fi? We’re here to help. Even if you just want more information, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at connect@gogoair.com or +1 303.301.3271.

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