Posted on: 24 August 2015 by Mark Howells
StandardAero has signed an agreement with SmartSky Networks (SmartSky) to certify and install the latter’s 4G LTE-based wireless in-flight internet solution for its business aviation clients.
The two companies will begin developing the Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) in 2016 as SmartSky completes its network development, which has been in progress for more than five years.
StandardAero, through its in-house Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) delegation, will provide STC approvals for the SmartSky system.
The company will be authorised to provide SmartSky installation services at any of the it’s four primary business aviation service centres in Los Angeles, California; Springfield, Illinois; Augusta, Georgia and Houston, Texas.
SmartSky's capabilities provide a real-time, air-to-ground network that it’s claimed will operate at ten times the speed and capacity of current systems available on the market today.
“Our customers are demanding the latest technologies in the cabin and they have expectations for similar speed and performance as they experience in their offices and at home,” said Marc McGowan, StandardAero's president of business aviation. “We are pleased to partner with SmartSky and provide our operators this tremendous option for faster internet services, video-conferencing and streaming media.”
“StandardAero clearly shares SmartSky's vision through its demonstrated commitment to stay at the forefront of providing the latest technical solutions to the aviation industry,” remarked Haynes Griffin, chairman and CEO of SmartSky Networks. “We are very proud to add StandardAero to our growing family of highly regarded aviation partners and look forward to working closely with them to offer SmartSky 4G service to their customers.”