SmartSky Networks and Thornton Aviation Reward Employees

Aviation Tech wins adrenaline-fueled VIP race experience and tour of race team facilities

Washington, DC 11 August 2022 – SmartSky Networks, the leader in nationwide air-to-ground (ATG) inflight connectivity, announced Thornton Aviation as the winner of its first ever Fast Track sweepstakes. Kicked-off on Aviation Technician Day May 24th and focused on the aviation technicians who install systems on aircraft, the sweepstakes recognizes the key contributions and strong support of SmartSky sales and installation partners and their world class employees.

The grand prize winner, a member of the Thornton Aviation team, receives two VIP tickets to the October 9 race in Charlotte, NC, a behind the scenes tour of the facilities of NASCAR’s winningest racing team, and travel and accommodations.

“Our tech is pumped to be the winner of the sweepstakes and we appreciate SmartSky recognizing how important not only the sales team is to our mutual success but also the individuals who install the equipment on the aircraft.” said Vince Russo, Avionics Manager at Thornton Aviation in Van Nuys. “We think SmartSky is a great system and it’s fantastic to see that they are live nationwide. I personally was on one of the demonstration flights at NBAA in Las Vegas last Fall and saw that using the internet and making a phone call while on the SmartSky system was just like being in the office.”

SmartSky’s aircraft shipsets are available through a growing list of MRO partners across the United States and the company is committed to highlighting the importance of its partners. The contest included not only a grand prize winner, but also weekly winners drawn from registered entrants from the numerous industry partners who are supporting the growth of the company.

“We are proud to call Thornton Aviation our partner and celebrate the work they are doing to make SmartSky a reality for their customers. Awarding this prize and recognizing the Thornton team is yet another way we can grow our business together.” said Aria Bahawdory Director, MRO Account Management.

With STCs complete for many popular business aviation aircraft, SmartSky’s partners are installing our innovative hardware on numerous individual and fleet aircraft. Additional STCs for more aircraft types are nearing completion with the FAA. Customers have their choice of service plans with monthly data allowance levels from 5GB to unlimited and discounts for pre–payment and multi-year commitments.

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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