How do you make sure in-flight internet works before installing it on thousands of planes in the real world? Doing it right means flying the systems around and spending countless hours testing. And for Gogo that effort comes mostly on the company’s 737-500. The plane, named Jimmy Ray in honor of one of the company’s founders, spends a lot of time in the sky and every now and then mere mortals get to tag along for a test flight to see what the new service is like.
Earlier this week I was invited on board to see what the new 2Ku service is like. I ran a bunch of tests and streamed some video off of the plane (upload speeds are more limited than download) while others on board loaded up movies and otherwise tried to break the system. My full report on the 2Ku testing is over at Runway Girl Network.
And here I have a few photos from the trip and a video out the window as we cruised from Newark up to Vermont and back.
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