SmartSky ATG Systems' STC Complete for Thousands of Business Jets for Broadband Inflight Internet
SmartSky Networks, an air-to-ground (ATG) inflight connectivity provider, announces that it has at least seven more models of aircraft with expected supplemental type certificate (STC) completion this quarter. With a dozen STCs already granted and many more on the way, the SmartSky system is rapidly becoming available for thousands of the most popular business-aviation jet models currently in service.
The seven STCs expected this quarter include the Gulfstream 200/280, Cessna Citation Excel/XLS, and Dassault Falcon 2000, all of which would be for Flagship systems. For the LITE system, the STCs include the Cessna CJ 525 Series (M2 and CJs), Pilatus PC-12, Embraer Phenom 100, and Bombardier Lear 60.
“We’re pursuing an aggressive strategy to get the majority of business aircraft certified for SmartSky as soon as possible because the demand signals we are getting from the marketplace are significant,” says David Helfgott, CEO of SmartSky Networks. “Not only are our customers flying with highly satisfactory results, we are hosting numerous demonstration flights across the country for prospective customers. Each SmartSky-equipped passenger flight delivers an experience unlike anything they’ve had before, making passengers and crew eager to have our system on the planes they fly.”
The next expected STC certification to be received from the FAA is on the Dassault Falcon 2000, which finished its SmartSky Flagship system installation and returned to service on April 15. This will complement the Dassault Falcon 900 STC received earlier this year. Notably, a Bombardier Lear 60 nearing completion represents the first customer installation of the SmartSky LITE system, the only streaming-capable inflight connectivity solution specifically designed for smaller aircraft.
Many additional types are advancing in the pipeline, including popular Textron airframes like the King Air B200/250/300/350 and Citation Sovereign, the Embraer Legacy 450/500, Embraer Phenom 300, Bombardier Challenger 300/350, and more. In total, SmartSky expects to have certification covering over two-thirds of major aircraft types in service in North America by the end of 2023.
The SmartSky STC completion program lineup is strengthened by the company’s horizontal integration strategy, actively working with customers, prospects and dealers, applying the capabilities and commitment to bringing SmartSky's patented technology to market for the benefit of the entire aviation industry. Program participants include some of the most respected fleets as well as OEM and MRO providers. Customers who want to offer their aircraft to be a first-of-type model for the STC program can contact their OEM, preferred MRO, or SmartSky directly.
SmartSky has already received STCs from the FAA for the following models of aircraft:
- Bombardier: Challenger 601 / 604 / 605 / 650
- Dassault: Falcon 900
- Embraer: ERJ135 / 140 / 145
- Gulfstream: G350 / G450 / G500 / G550 / GIV / GV-SP
- Textron: Citation X Series.
Once an STC is granted, customers can go to any SmartSky dealer to request installation. To view a list of dealers, visit www.smartskynetworks.com/partners.
For more information, visit SmartSkyNetworks.com.