Global Aviation Technologies (GAT) is the first to install Gotham Studios’ Goji Geotainment System, a new plug-and-play hardware and software replacement to Collins Aerospace’s legacy Airshow in-flight entertainment (IFE). Goji features a 4K three-dimensional moving map and flight information and more than 5,000 video and audio stories of cities and points of interest displayed on cabin monitors and streamed to passengers’ personal devices via onboard Wi-Fi. GAT is completing the inaugural installation on a Bombardier Challenger 850 at its hangar at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.
GAT owns the STC and is the leading supplier of Goji, created by Arlington, Virginia-based Gotham, which is led by Peter Nissen and Russ Johnson. Nissen is an Emmy award-winning producer whose credits include such television shows as Today and Pee-wee’s Playhouse and three decades of experience at networks such as National Geographic, E!, 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 6- x 4- x 2-inch box weighing 1.4 pounds that is connected to an aircraft’s FMS for GPS capability, and its database is updated automatically. In addition to the video and audio content produced by Gotham, the system also streams music and movies. 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 operators 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.
Cottner estimates that installation time will be about 10 working days. The cost of the system, including installation, is $64,000.