SmartSky Reaches 150 Patent Milestone As Aviation Network Launch Nears in Q2 2020

Adrienne FoutsPress Releases

Research Triangle, NC – January 22, 2020 – SmartSky Networks, the provider of next-generation inflight connectivity for business and commercial aviation, today announced it has received its 150th patent supporting the development of its advanced air-to-ground (ATG) network and data technologies.  Innovation is in SmartSky’s DNA, with approximately 20% of its employees named as inventors on most of the patents … Read More

SmartSky Secures Additional $25 Million From Funds Managed by BlackRock; Tracking to a Q2 2020 Aviation Network Launch

Adrienne FoutsPress Releases

Research Triangle, NC – January 6, 2020 – SmartSky Networks, the provider of next-generation inflight connectivity for aviation, has received an additional $25 million from funds managed by the Global Credit Opportunities team at BlackRock, after surpassing an important network deployment milestone on its way towards beginning commercial operations during the second quarter of 2020. Funds managed by the Global … Read More

SmartSky Networks Receives Milestone 130th Patent Advancing Next-Gen Connectivity and a Better Passenger Experience

Adrienne FoutsPress Releases

Research Triangle, NC – July 30, 2019 – SmartSky Networks, the provider of next-generation inflight connectivity solutions for business and commercial aviation, today announced it has received its 130th patent supporting the development of its advanced air-to-ground (ATG) network. Titled, “Architecture for Simultaneous Spectrum Usage by Air-to-Ground and Terrestrial Networks,” SmartSky’s latest patent is part of an exclusive rights portfolio … Read More

SmartSky Networks Announces $104M Funding Round

Adrienne FoutsPress Releases

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, North Carolina –- 5 FEBRUARY 2019 –- The aviation industry’s transformative inflight internet provider, SmartSky Networks, announces the closing of a total of $104M in funding, including $75 million in debt commitments from funds managed by the Global Credit team at BlackRock and equity investments by private equity firms Tiger Infrastructure, WP Global, Platform Partners, and Meritage Investors. … Read More

JetSuiteX to Launch SmartSky Networks’ Industry-Best In-Flight Internet Solution Across Its Fleet

Adrienne FoutsPress Releases

JetSuiteX Customers Will Enjoy In-Flight Internet Comparable to Their Experience on the Ground DALLAS, Texas –- 29 JANUARY 2019 –- JetSuiteX, the acclaimed air carrier that offers regular flights from private terminals at the cost of a commercial ticket, announced that it will become the first carrier to offer SmartSky Networks’ innovative inflight internet solution, which gives customers the ability to … Read More

FDS Avionics and SmartSky combine IFE and IFC for BizAv

Kerry RadiganPress Releases

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –- 22 OCTOBER 2018 –- With more business jet passengers demanding a premium travel experience in the sky, FDS Avionics has integrated its inflight entertainment system with the industry’s next generation air-to-ground connectivity service, SmartSky 4G LTE, creating a new Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity option. FDS CEO Reed Macdonald says, “This collaboration between FDS and SmartSky brings together … Read More

Stevens Aviation Named Authorized Dealer for SmartSky 4G LTE Equipment Sales and Installation

Kerry RadiganPress Releases

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 … Read More

SmartSKY 4G LTE Takes Flight with Pentastar Aviation Completing First Certification and Customer Install

Kerry RadiganPress Releases

Installation completed on Gulfstream G550 aircraft WATERFORD, MI. –- 15 OCTOBER 2018 –- Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, announced today that it has successfully completed the first installation of a SmartSky Networks 4G LTE system in a customer’s aircraft. Pentastar Aviation developed an Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), which now permits SmartSky … Read More

Nancy Walker joins SmartSky Networks in new Chief Commercial Officer role

Kerry RadiganPress Releases

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –- 30 MAY 2018 –- SmartSky Networks, a next-generation airborne communications provider, today announced that Nancy Walker has joined the company in the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. Walker’s vast knowledge of the inflight connectivity (IFC) industry, coupled with her wealth of aerospace business development and avionics engineering experience, will position her to make an immediate … Read More

Ventura Air Services Commits to Secure Bombardier Learjet 55 STC for SmartSky 4G LTE System Installation and Operation

Kerry RadiganPress Releases

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –- 26 APRIL 2018 –- Ventura Air Services has committed to secure a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the installation and operation of a SmartSky 4G LTE system on the Bombardier Learjet 55. There are more than 100 Learjet 55s currently in service in the United States. The aircraft holds up to … Read More