Gogo, who is the world leader of in-flight connectivity and wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, has announced that they will be hosting a live Webcast along with President and CEO of Virgin American, David Crush. While mobile technology on airplanes has been a no-no for many years, some wonder if it really will interfere with the airplane signals and some wonder how this is possible.
Gogo uses an Air-to-Ground network that consists of cellular based networks that is made up of more than 160 towers in the United States and Canada. These towers are different than most of the towers constructed these days. Instead of having the signals pointed at the ground, the towers point their signals toward the sky so the aircraft can pick up the signal through a receiver that has been installed on its underside. Then the data signal is distributed throughout the cabin.
Now, is this technology safe? Many people have thought that using mobile phones and wireless technology will interfere with the airplane’s signals. On their website Gogo explains that, “Before allowing our service to be used on board the plane, all aspects of its use were rigorously tested by Gogo and our airline partners and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).”
- To attend the Webcast and add it to your calendar, register at gogo.to/register.
- The Webcast will be streamed from Gogo's blog. The link will be emailed to you upon completing registration.
- The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 11
- Gogo CEO, Michael Small; Virgin America President and CEO, David Cush; and Gogo's CTO,Anand Chari, will be making the announcement and available for questions after the event.