Washington, DC 23 August 2022 – SmartSky Networks, the leading provider of inflight ATG connectivity for business aviation, today announced the completion of an STC for the installation of SmartSky hardware on the Cessna Citation X series business jets. With more than 300 aircraft in operation, the Citation X series joins a growing list of aircraft types that have already been granted STCs for SmartSky’s patented air-to-ground connectivity service.
FlyExclusive, the fourth largest private jet fleet operator globally, performed the installation at its Kinston, NC facilities. With the hardware installed, the Citation X aircraft made its inaugural flights using SmartSky’s enhanced air-to-ground (ATG) network in June and the FAA supplemental type certification was issued on August 12, 2022.
Dave Helfgott, CEO, SmartSky Networks, says, “It has been a pleasure partnering with flyExclusive to welcome the Citation X to the ever-growing roster of aircraft that have received STC approval. We aim to make high-performance, reliable inflight connectivity available for everyone in business aviation and this successful certification with a key customer is an important step towards achieving that goal.”
The Citation X certification comes hot on the heels of SmartSky’s announcement in July that its ATG connectivity is now available nationwide for aircraft flying on routes across the continental United States.
SmartSky has previously been awarded STCs for many of the world’s most popular business aircraft, including aircraft from major manufactures such as Textron Aviation, Gulfstream Aerospace, Bombardier and Embraer. Additional STCs are in progress that will make the service available for those in business aviation who need reliable, consistent, and responsive inflight connectivity.
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 SmartSkyNetworks.com
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