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 the Collins Airshow In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) System Aerospace. The Goji system includes a 4K 3D mobile map, flight information, and over 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 of a Bombardier Challenger 850 in September in its hangar at Eisenhower National Airport.
GAT owns the STC and is the primary supplier of Goji, which was created by Gotham, based in Arlington, Virginia, 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 TV shows like Today and Pee-wee’s playhouse and three decades of experience on networks such as NBC, National Geographic, E !, History Channel and Comedy Central. Johnson is an expert in IFE, cabin management, connectivity and airborne broadband.
“We are excited to launch our new in-flight experience and share all of our wonderful stories about the places we fly over,” Johnson said. “The in-flight tour guide dynamically puts the stories together based on the current location and destination so that no two flights are ever the same.”
The system includes 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 video and audio content produced by Gotham, the system can stream music and 80 movies in 4K resolution. It serves as a direct upgrade to Airshow 200, 400 and 4000 systems.
For GAT, Goji represents a new business segment for the company, which is an FAA, EASA and DGAC certified repair station specializing in the engineering, manufacturing, modification and maintenance of business and military aircraft. Jérôme Cottner, vice president of operations at GAT, said AIN his company targets charter companies for the product, although it will offer the system to any interested operator. “We really think this is going to be a slam dunk for charter operations,” he said. The system can be personalized with the company brand and the livery of the aircraft.
Cottner added that GAT plans to perform the next Goji installation on a Beechcraft King Air 200. Going forward, he estimated the installation time would be around 10 business days. The cost of the system, including installation, is $ 64,000.