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Gotham Studios Gets Its First Goji IFE System Install

 - October 9, 2021, 2:00 PM
Gotham Studios' Goji Geotainment System can be streamed on passengers' personal devices via an airplane's onboard Wi-Fi. (Photo: Jerry Siebenmark/AIN)

Gotham Studios (Booth 1125) selected Global Aviation Technologies (GAT) in Wichita as the first company to install the Goji Geotainment System, a plug-and-play hardware and software replacement for Collins Aerospace’s legacy Airshow in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. The Goji system features a 4K 3D moving map, flight information, and more than 5,000 video and audio stories about cities and points of interest that are displayed on cabin monitors and streamed to passengers’ personal devices via Wi-Fi. GAT completed the installation on a Bombardier Challenger 850 in September at its hangar at Eisenhower National Airport.

GAT owns the STC and is the leading supplier of Goji, which was created by Arlington, Virginia-based Gotham and first announced at EBACE 2018. Gotham is led by Peter Nissen and Russ Johnson. Nissen is an Emmy award-winning producer whose credits include television shows like Today and Pee-wee’s Playhouse and three decades of experience at networks such as NBC, National Geographic, E!, the History Channel, and Comedy Central. Johnson is an expert on IFE, cabin management, connectivity, and airborne broadband.

“We are excited to be launching our new in-flight experience and sharing all of our wonderful stories about the places we are flying over,” Johnson said. “The in-flight tour guide dynamically assembles the stories based on current location and destination so that no two flights are ever the same.”

The system comprises a six-by-four-by-two-inch box weighing 1.4 pounds that is connected to an aircraft’s FMS for GPS capability, and its database updates automatically. In addition to the video and audio content produced by Gotham, the system can stream music and 80 movies in 4K resolution. It serves as a drop-in upgrade to Airshow 200, 400, and 4000 systems.

For GAT, Goji represents a new segment of business for the company, which is an FAA-, EASA-, and DGAC-certified repair station specializing in engineering, manufacturing, modification, and maintenance for business and military aircraft. GAT v-p of operations Jerome Cottner told AIN his company is targeting charter companies for the product although it will offer the system to any interested operator. “We really feel that it’s going to be a slam dunk for charter operations,” he said. The system can be customized with company branding and aircraft livery.

Cottner added that GAT expects to perform the next Goji installation on a Beechcraft King Air 200. Going forward, he estimated that installation time will be about 10 working days. The cost of the system, including installation, is $64,000.