SmartSky Networks was founded to transform aviation through disruptive communications technologies, services, and related tools

SmartSky Networks innovative air-to-ground network is here. 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, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky Networks the best inflight user experience, and a key enabler for new and enhanced applications and services.



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Our Patents

SmartSky Networks is built on and powered by innovation. As we solve some of the most difficult challenges of airborne connectivity, we create breakthrough technologies that are so ingenious, they’re patented. View a list of our more than 200 patents.

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Leadership Team

David Helfgott

David Helfgott was previously President & CEO of phased-array antenna developer Phasor. Prior to this, he held several senior executive roles including President & CEO of Inmarsat Government; President of Tactical Wireless Communications for Cobham; President & CEO of Datapath and President & CEO of SES Government.


Ryan Stone

Mr. Stone is a serial entrepreneur in the aviation space, with experience co-founding and leading both Davinci Jets and SmartSky.


David Claassen

Dave Claassen has more than 30 years of technical leadership experience in wireless and satellite telecommunications. His background includes executive leadership roles at Lightsquared and Nextel where he was responsible for all engineering development, and CTO of Telepad where he was responsible for the development of early industrial mobile computing solutions.


Mike Dodson

Mike Dodson is a tenured veteran of the wireless industry. Over 30-plus years his technical leadership has been instrumental in building many of the first cellular networks in the U.S. In prior roles, his accomplishments include advanced technology planning and program management; RAN, Core and Transport engineering; and the deployment, service launch and operations of major national wireless networks.


Carter Griffin

Carter Griffin is an experienced financier having previously served as the founding CEO of a company focused on infection control, and leading the company to obtain the backing of the venture capital arm of a Fortune 100 company before orchestrating a successful exit in 2015. Prior to that, Griffin helped source and execute venture capital investments at WFD Ventures, a $250M fund based in New York. Griffin began his career in investment banking with Jefferies and Credit Suisse.


Haynes Griffin

Haynes Griffin is a wireless industry pioneer and serial entrepreneur who founded and led Vanguard Cellular Systems from commercial launch to its IPO and eventual sale in 1999 to AT&T. He is also the past Chairman of the Board of the CTIA wireless trade association and serves as Chairman Emeritus of the SmartSky Board.


Richard Rowlenson

Mr. Rowlenson brings considerable specialized expertise in communications law, corporate law, regulatory law, as well as mergers and acquisitions. His background includes extensive work with both law firms and corporations in navigating, securing and maintaining FCC licensing of radio, television, cellular telephone and wireless communications facilities.

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