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Pentastar Aviation partners with SmartSky Networks to develop supplemental type certificates (STCs) for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft

Charlotte, N.C. – When the SmartSky 4G network takes flight later this year, Pentastar Aviation will develop STCs for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft as well as participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other corporate aircraft. Pentastar serves as a business aviation leader, providing aircraft management, charter, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning fixed-base operation (FBO) services.

“Our clients need the increased speed and reliability for in-flight Wi-Fi and are eager for the true, office-in-the-sky performance SmartSky Networks offers,” says Jesse Beard, Pentastar Aviation avionics engineering manager. “This new connectivity solution promises tremendous value, both now and later at the point of aircraft resale.”

SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network. Its broadband connectivity system will provide air-to-ground service over the continental United States. An air-to-ground (ATG) platform with 60 MHz of spectrum opens up full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web. Passengers can do it all: stream, chat, text, call, game and videoconference.

“We’re glad to have Pentastar Aviation onboard and know they will be a great partner as we push forward and revolutionize in-flight connectivity,” says SmartSky Networks President Ryan Stone. “Corporate aviation demands seamless connectivity throughout the flight experience and SmartSky 4G is designed to deliver just that.”

SmartSky 4G with beamforming stands apart as the only in-flight network capable of offering services where bi-directional high bandwidth and low latency are essential.

“We are pleased SmartSky Networks has engaged Pentastar to help bring this impressive technology to the market,” said Greg Schmidt Pentastar Aviation President & CEO. “The SmartSky network will enable our customers to get the high-speed internet experience they need.”

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About SmartSky Networks

SmartSky Networks, formed in 2011, is composed of seasoned aviation and telecommunications executives seeking to transform aviation using disruptive communications technologies. In conjunction with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky plans to roll out its innovative, beamforming based air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G, later this year with full US coverage slated for 2017.

About Penatstar 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