April 8, 2021
DALLAS, TX – Inflight Wi-Fi and connectivity continue to top the list of upgrades being scheduled at King Aerospace during major maintenance checks. The Texas-based, family-owned provider of aviation services says customers are coming out of the pandemic with a heightened need to make aircraft function as robustly as ground-based offices.
“Connectivity is among the hottest issues out there now,” says Ron Soret, King Aerospace EVP. “We help customers navigate the coverage and capacity they need and the budget they want to stay within. Together, we determine the best inflight Wi-Fi solutions for them.”
The aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider just signed another Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) for connectivity upgrades along with maintenance services. Those communication advancements include installation of Ka-band satellite, Gogo air-to-ground (ATG), Honeywell GoDirect routers and an Iridium data link along with maintenance services. They will be completed by the end of May.
Additionally, while installing a new interior in a Learjet 31, King Aerospace is also outfitting the aircraft with Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi in the Plus configuration. This provides full internet use (no streaming) for up to seven devices. L3 boosts ATG broadband connectivity, making it 1.5 times faster. The updated aircraft will deliver around May 1.
In addition to connectivity upgrades, King Aerospace is also seeing an uptick in NextGen avionics installations. Those include future air navigation systems (FANS), controller-pilot data link communication (CPDLC), Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and ADS-B Out.
“Aircraft owners and operators are deciding the time is right to take action and make upgrades,” says Jarid King, president. “They know these changes provider a better experience and enhance safety. They also increase the aircraft’s value when the time comes to trade or sell. It’s a win-win.”
About King Aerospace
King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) is a leading one-stop provider of aircraft services with offices and facilities in Dallas, TX, and Ardmore, OK. KACC is a GE OnPoint™ service center. It specializes in avionics design/installation, interior design/refurbishment, engineering services, maintenance and paint. KACC is an authorized FAA and EASA Repair Station and is AS9110C-certified. It also provides aircraft project management, offsite maintenance and other aircraft-related management services. Its sister company, King Aerospace, Inc. (KAI), is a global operation that serves the U.S. military and government to deliver responsive aircraft maintenance and logistics support in some of the world’s most hostile, remote and harsh locations. KAI operates facilities at Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX; Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM; Camp Humphreys, South Korea; and 24/7 logistics outposts around the world. Founded in 1992, King Aerospace is a privately owned company focused on customer and team member satisfaction.