SmartSky and Western Jet Aviation Announce Sales and Installation Agreement

Western Jet Aviation teams with SmartSky to bring the future of ATG connectivity to Gulfstream® type aircraft

Research Triangle NC, 17 February 2022 – SmartSky Networks, the innovative air-to-ground (ATG) inflight connectivity provider, today announced Western Jet Aviation as a sales and installation provider for SmartSky’s advanced shipsets at Western Jet Aviation’s California location.

As a trusted leader in business aviation maintenance and modification, Western Jet Aviation plans to sell and install SmartSky’s flagship equipment, including aircraft antennas and Aircraft Base Radios (ABR). Combined with already available Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for Gulfstream® type aircraft, Western Jet Aviation will provide timely hardware and installation to support the increasing demand for a connected aircraft experience that is responsive, dependable, and secure.

Jim Hansen, CEO and Founder of Western Jet Aviation notes: “Our core values commit us to continually seek innovative, leading-edge solutions that create a level of service that is extraordinary and inspires our clients. With innovative hardware and unmatched network performance, SmartSky’s enhanced connectivity service will help us meet that commitment and delight our customers.”

Aria Bahawdory, Director of MRO Account Management for SmartSky Networks added: “Western Jet Aviation joins SmartSky at an opportune time.  Their expertise with Gulfstream aircraft, coupled with available STCs and full CONUS coverage for flight hours next quarter, will provide Gulfstream owners and operators with an inflight connectivity solution that meets the needs of cabin, crew, and operators alike.”

SmartSky’s products and services are available through a growing network of installation partners and Value-Added-Resellers (VAR).  The three interrelated offerings include SmartSky’s best-in-class, next-generation air-to-ground network, advanced antennas and ABRs, and a transformational digital platform and application-layer, Skytelligence®.

About SmartSky

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

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About Western Jet Aviation

Western Jet Aviation is the world’s largest independently owned business jet maintenance facility specializing in Gulfstream® type aircraft. Located in Southern California (VNY), with over 120,000 square feet of hangar, shop and office space on 10 acres, Western Jet Aviation is a FAA Certified Repair Station offering tip-to-tail maintenance and avionics support for G200 through G650.  To learn more about Western Jet Aviation, visit: us here.

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