Posted on: 09 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Pentastar Aviation (Pentastar) has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install in-flight connectivity (IFC) capabilities on Hawker 800XP and 850XP series aircraft.
“We continuously look for ways to ensure our customers’ aircraft is updated with the most innovative technology available in the industry,” remarked Greg Schmidt, Pentastar’s president and CEO. “For decades, we have contributed our technical expertise to the development of STC’s. Our vast experience with aircraft avionics enables us to develop and obtain these STCs, which provide us the flexibility to install
cabin connectivity systems from any manufacturer.”
The STC, which allows operators to approve the use of portable electronic devices onboard aircraft with wireless networks or Wi-Fi hot spots for their passengers, compliments previous Pentastar STC’s issued for in-flight Wi-Fi compatibility on Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV and GV series aircraft.
Pentastar has also expanded its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) on the articulating yoke mount for Apple iPad to include Cessna Citation models, allowing for the specially engineered iPad mounts to be installed on Citation 500, 550, S550, 560, and 560XL model aircraft.
“With technology ever evolving, we know accessibility to it is key for pilots. When our engineering team designs a product like our iPad mount, we want to make it accessible to as many users as possible,” Schmidt continued. “Adding Cessna models to the FAA Approved Model List allows us to do just that.”