CHARLOTTE, N.C. –- 16 OCTOBER 2018 –- SmartSky Networks has expanded its robust dealer and distribution network, adding a proven aviation company with more than 60 years of industry experience. Stevens Aviation will serve as an authorized dealer for hardware sales and installation of the SmartSky 4G LTE system. Stevens will sell and install SmartSky equipment at its three locations across many business jet models using STC licenses obtained from other SmartSky distribution partners.
“The demand for reliable, full-functioning Inflight connectivity has never been greater,” said Stevens Aviation Director of Sales & Marketing Phil Stearns. “SmartSky’s technology meets our customers’ needs in a way that we have not seen before. The affordable SmartSky 4G LTE system combines the bidirectional high speed, large capacity and low latency necessary for a compelling, true office-in-the-sky experience, making it a breeze to surf the web, use VPNs, access the corporate cloud, play live games, do Webexes, videoconference, make calls, and more, all using your own Wi-Fi devices.”
With a growing portfolio of 96 patents and more on the way, SmartSky’s novel 4G LTE technology is the backbone for providing the fastest, most secure and most affordable inflight connectivity system in the marketplace. The SmartSky network uses beamforming, a 5G technology, to deliver a secure signal to each aircraft in the network – each beam communicates with just one aircraft at a time – ensuring high performance regardless of network loading.
Stevens operates three facilities, strategically located to cover the market demand for a high-speed, bidirectional 4G LTE-based network. With operations in Greenville, South Carolina; Dayton, Ohio; and Nashville, Tennessee; Stevens offers considerable installation capacity for operators of Gulfstream and Textron Aviation aircraft.
“Stevens Aviation has a legacy of excellence in aviation,” said SmartSky Networks Vice President of Business Aviation Alan Goodnight. “Its commitment to customers has been demonstrated over decades and is greatly respected throughout the industry. SmartSky 4G LTE fits perfectly with Stevens’ well-earned reputation for customer service.”
ABOUT SMARTSKY NETWORKS
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, SmartSky Networks was formed in 2011 by senior aviation and telecommunications executives seeking to transform aviation through the use of disruptive communications technologies and related tools. Working with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky has begun the rollout of its innovative, air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G LTE. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky 4G LTE delivers data to the aircraft at rates comparable with next-generation satellite solutions and provides unmatched capacity for data transmissions from the aircraft to the ground. This real-time, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky 4G LTE a key enabler for the new and enhanced apps, services, and hardware that will usher in the digitization of the aviation industry. Learn more at www.smartskynetworks.com.
ABOUT STEVENS AVIATION
Stevens Aviation operates facilities in Greenville, South Carolina (GYH), Dayton, Ohio (DAY), and Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) and also operates a 24/7 AOG-MRT Division. The company is a U.S. and foreign government prime service provider of depot maintenance, refurbishment and modifications for military versions of general aviation airframes. Stevens (Greenville) is a Class III repair station that is ISO9001:2015, AS9110C, DCMA 8210.1C, EASA and DGAC certified, and GFRC compliant. Stevens’ Greenville and Dayton facilities have DCMA on the field. Learn more at www.stevensaviation.com.
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