SmartSky Networks Cleared for Take Off at NBAA-BACE

Next-Generation ATG Network Brings ‘true connection’ to Business Aviation


NBAA Convention, Las Vegas, Oct 11, 2021 – SmartSky Networks is today announcing that it is open for business and taking orders through its new Early Arrival promotion. The launch of commercial operations for the disruptive connectivity provider is supported by its widespread and growing network availability and signals a revolution for aviation connectivity. SmartSky’s OEM and MRO partners are excited to begin installations and complete additional STCs and Value-Added-Resellers are in place to activate, connect, and serve customers.

“Now is the time to introduce our best-in-class connectivity solution to the business aviation community, new from the ground up,” says David Helfgott, CEO, SmartSky Networks. “COVID-19 has accelerated expectations for inflight connectivity in business aviation, and those who fly have become increasingly frustrated by data that is delivered poorly – slow, unreliable, or not secure.”

“SmartSky’s high-speed network, flexible platform and innovative hardware provide access to data that feels as immediate, fluid and natural at 35,000 ft as it does on the ground – dependable, high-speed, secure and interoperable. We are excited for our customers and look forward to serving them soon.”

In the past year, SmartSky has achieved many technical and business milestones on-time, to-spec, and on-budget, including operational coverage for the majority of business aviation flight hours in the Continental United States (CONUS), FCC and FAA approvals, confirmation of Honeywell and Avionica as authorized Value-Added-Resellers, and raising over $100M in funding.

With all tower and terrestrial network infrastructure in place, SmartSky will complete 2021 with coverage activated for roughly 80% of CONUS business aviation flight routes on its way to FULL CONUS in 1H2022. With Supplementary Type Certificates (STCs) covering more than 4,000 aircraft already in hand and performance over 10x better than currently available ATG services, SmartSky is challenging the status quo for inflight connectivity and delivering superior value to the business aviation community.

“At SmartSky, our products, systems and solutions have been built with technical integrity and excellence, working closely with the industry to provide the best combination of features and functionality. We are ready,” adds Helfgott.

With its patented beamforming technology and network architecture, SmartSky delivers a superior Air-to-Ground inflight connectivity experience for business aviation. The result is a very low-latency, high-bandwidth, and symmetrical service capable of providing responsive Internet/data access for cloud-based business applications, video teleconferencing, secure/encrypted communications, and supporting the aviation community’s operational data and real-time telematics needs. SmartSky is dedicated to delivering the “Enterprise in the Sky” user experience.

SmartSky’s products and services are available through a growing network of Value-Added-Reseller (VAR) and installation partners and includes all three interrelated offerings: i) the best-in-class, next-generation Air-to-Ground network, ii) advanced shipset hardware for aircraft communications, and iii) a transformational digital platform and application-layer, Skytelligence™.

Visit SmartSky Networks at NBAA booth #3820.

About SmartSky

SmartSky Networks was founded to transform aviation through disruptive communications technologies, services and related tools. SmartSky is rolling out its innovative air-to-ground network in 2021. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky’s network uniquely enables an “office in the sky” experience with unmatched capacity for data transmissions both to and from the aircraft. This real-time, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky the best in-flight user experience, and a key enabler for new and enhanced applications and services. For more information, visit


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