The Pilatus PC-12 NG is now the first single-engine turboprop available with a factory-installed option for Gogo Business Aviation’s Avance L3 air-to-ground airborne connectivity system.
Avance L3 offers speeds compatible with 3G terrestrial cellular networks and allows multiple occupants to send and receive text messages and emails with attachments, stream audio and video, connect via VPN, view moving maps, and access information for electronic flight bag apps.
Avance L3 includes Gogo Vision (service plan required), which includes access to digital magazines, news, TV, and movies. Gogo’s Text & Talk service is also available for sending and receiving text messages and making voice calls on occupants mobile devices.
The options available to PC-12 NG buyers include the Core, Plus, or Max Entertainment System. Core allows connection of up to five devices and provides light internet connectivity, and is priced at $81,300. The Plus system retails for $94,300 and connects up to seven devices and provides full internet connectivity. The Max system features connection of up to 25 devices and costs $122,200. All three systems each weigh 24.5 pounds.
“Our customers enjoy having the ability to be connected when they fly, and we’re pleased to offer Gogo’s Avance L3 as an option from the factory,” said Tom Aniello, v-p of marketing for Pilatus. “The additional value-added features and benefits that are included as part of the Avance L3 made it an easy decision to offer it to our customers from the factory.”