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Pentastar Aviation Partners with Chicago Jet Group to Provide CPDLC/FANS-1/A+ Solution for Gulfstream Aircraft

Waterford, Mich. – Pentastar Aviation announced today it has entered into a strategic alliance with Chicago Jet Group (CJG) to market and install CJG’s Controller Pilot Data Link (CPDLC) Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Gulfstream aircraft.

“Due to the expected increase in air traffic volume in coming years, aircraft without the CPDLC/FANS-1/A+ technology will be unable to operate in premium airspace,” said Greg Schmidt, Pentastar Aviation President & CEO. “Chicago Jet Group’s solution allows Gulfstream owners and operators to fly in this designated airspace reducing fuel burn while achieving safer, clearer communications. Pentastar is pleased to be working with Chicago Jet Group to bring this solution to the marketplace.”

FANS uses Data Link technology to allow position reporting and the ability for pilots to communicate clearly and directly with Air Traffic Control (ATC) via text messaging.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” said Mike Mitera, Chicago Jet Group Director of Operations. “Pentastar’s extensive experience and technical knowledge provides us the utmost confidence in the proper installation of our solution.”

About Pentastar Aviation

Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning FBO services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S. FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC. It is committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to their customers.

Pentastar Aviation has been servicing regional and global travelers for more than 50 years and is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK). For more information, please visit

About Chicago Jet Group

Chicago Jet Group operates a Class 4 Part 145 Repair Station, focusing on the installation and certification of NextGen avionics technology in Part 25 aircraft, in addition to providing airframe and engine maintenance. Contact Chicago Jet Group at; email: [email protected]; Phone: 630-466-3600.