Hillsboro Aviation Brings New Expertise to SmartSky® Dealer Network

Leading MRO expands SmartSky distribution footprint in Pacific Northwest 

Research Triangle, NC – March 14, 2024 – SmartSky Networks, provider of the most advanced inflight air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity for business aviation, today announced Hillsboro Aviation as a sales and installation partner. An FAA-certified Part 145 repair station, the Oregon-based company will offer full Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) services, including upgrading business aircraft with SmartSky’s next-generation inflight connectivity customers describe as “game changing.” 

“The premium travel experience our customers demand requires high-performance inflight connectivity, which is why we wanted to partner with SmartSky. We are getting more and more frequent requests for a proven option for better Wi-Fi, and the buzz in the marketplace is that SmartSky is delivering it,” said Ryan McCartney, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Hillsboro Aviation. “Between our top-of-the-line customer service, avionics upgrades and MRO capabilities, and SmartSky’s advanced ATG network, we can facilitate the premium inflight experience our customers deserve.” 

Based in Portland, Oregon, Hillsboro Aviation operates out of their state-of-the-art facility at the Portland-Hillsboro Airport (KHIO), offering complete helicopter and airplane services since its inception in 1980. Serving domestic and international markets in government, commercial, and private sectors, Hillsboro Aviation also has an experienced team of technicians supporting comprehensive maintenance and avionics needs. 

“Hillsboro Aviation is a hub of business aviation in the Northwest. Considering their longtime history of excellence and dedication to providing quality MRO services and support to the industry, Hillsboro Aviation is just the kind of partner SmartSky is seeking to provide elevated experiences with inflight Wi-Fi customers love,” said Aria Bahawdory, Director of MRO Account Management for SmartSky. “We look forward to having their expertise to equip more business aircraft with unmatched connectivity and expand SmartSky’s footprint in a key region for business aviation.” 

Owners, operators and fleets are increasingly clamoring for the award-winning SmartSky LITE™ system designed for smaller business aircraft, with the recent first article installations of the system on a King Air 350 and a HA-420 HondaJet. The SmartSky Flagship system is designed for mid to large-cabin airframes, and both systems deliver an unprecedented experience with equally high-performance moving data to and from the aircraft. A list of SmartSky STCs, current and in progress, can be found at smartskynetworks.com/STC. 

About SmartSky

SmartSky Networks was founded to transform aviation through disruptive communications technologies, services, and tools. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky Networks uniquely enables an “office 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 in-flight user experience, and a key enabler for new and enhanced applications and services. For more information, visit SmartSkyNetworks.com 

About Hillsboro Aviation

Founded in 1980, Hillsboro Aviation offers complete helicopter and airplane services comprised of six divisions: contract and charter, aircraft sales and management, service center, FBO, and parts sales. Serving domestic and international markets in the government, commercial, and private sectors, the company has over 85 employees and 10 turbine aircraft. It operates out of its award-winning headquarters at the Portland-Hillsboro Airport (KHIO). 

As an FAA Certified 145 Repair Station, Hillsboro Aviation supports comprehensive maintenance and avionics needs. From privately owned airplanes and helicopters to corporate fleet management, they serve private, commercial, and government interests. The company’s full-service location supports avionics, unscheduled and scheduled services, heavy maintenance, and AOG emergencies. Learn more at www.hillsboroaviation.com. 

Media Contact

Mark Hazlin  

Phone: (202) 289-4001  

Email: smartsky@xenophonstrategies.com 

Website: www.smartskynetworks.com  

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