Pentastar Aviation partners with SmartSky to develop STCs for G450 and G550


Greg Schmidt of Pentastar

Pentastar Aviation is set to develop supplemental Type certificates (STCs) for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft as well as participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other corporate aircraft.

“Our clients need the increased speed and reliability for in-flight Wi-Fi and are eager for the true, office-in-the-sky performance SmartSky Networks offers,” said Jesse Beard, avionic engineering manager at Pentastar Aviation. “This new connectivity solution promises tremendous value, both now and later at the point of aircraft resale.”

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SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network. Its broadband connectivity system will provide air-to-ground service over the continental United States.

Ryan Stone, president of SmartSky Networks, said: “We’re glad to have Pentastar Aviation onboard and know they will be a great partner as we push forward and revolutionise in-flight connectivity. Corporate aviation demands seamless connectivity throughout the flight experience and SmartSky 4G is designed to deliver just that.”