SmartSky names David Claassen as CTO


SmartSky Networks has appointed David Claassen as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Claassen will direct SmartSky’s technology strategy and execution, including development and delivery of innovative technical solutions from its portfolio of patents.

He holds multiple patents in mobile communications technology areas including modem development, and satellite and air-to-ground communications (ATG). Prior to joining SmartSky, Claassen served in a variety of senior roles in the cellular and satellite communication industries, including Telepad, WFI and Nextel Communications.

During his time at SmartSky, Claassen has led the design, development and integration of many key aspects of the company’s core technical capabilities.

“As we move forward, David Claassen has the technical acumen and service-launch background to help guide us into our next stage as an operational ATG network services provider,” said SmartSky CEO David Helfgott.

Claassen said: “2021 will be a great year for the company and for the connected aircraft industry, as we launch and bring customers online on our next-generation network, hardware and digital services.”

SmartSky is launching its advanced inflight connectivity service later this year. It is developing pioneering aviation data products through its open digital applications platform, Skytelligence, to improve safety and efficiency.