CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 14 JULY 2016 — The SmartSky 4G network is taking off with another partner onboard. Pro Star Aviation will serve as an authorized dealer for hardware sales and installation of SmartSky’s innovative technology. Pro Star will sell and install SmartSky equipment across many business jet models using STC licenses obtained from SmartSky’s earliest distribution partners.
“Pro Star is always looking at new ways to serve our customers’ needs,” says Pro Star Managing Partner and General Manager Kevin L. Harriman. “Wi-Fi that is fast, reliable and affordable is something that is no longer a luxury – our customers require it. SmartSky’s game-changing technology is solving the problem the marketplace demands.”
Scheduled to take flight later this year, SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a secure signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network. Its broadband connectivity system will provide service over the continental United States using an air-to-ground (ATG) platform with 60 MHz of spectrum that opens up full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web. Passengers can do it all: stream, chat, text, call, game and videoconference.
“Pro Star Aviation has demonstrated a great ability to advocate for its customers regarding the latest aviation technology,” says SmartSky Networks President Ryan Stone. “Pro Star’s excellent sales base in the northeast provides a tremendous avenue to educate business jet owners on the seamless connectivity technology that SmartSky 4G will deliver to customers. Pro Star will play an important role in SmartSky’s expanding distribution network.”
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. This includes the use of two-way, live streaming video or in support of advanced applications such as Panasonic Weather Solution’s industry-leading 4DAero application, an electronic flight bag tool for aviation-related weather forecasting.
Satcom Direct serves as SmartSky’s exclusive customer service and support provider. Introductory, time-sensitive offers provide a further incentive for people to get on board early. Customers interested in the Early Bird program can visit http://smartskynetworka-slotedev.azurewebsites.net/earlybird2016/.
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 nationwide coverage slated for 2017. www.smartskynetworks.com.
ABOUT PRO STAR AVIATION
Pro Star Aviation specializes in business and corporate aircraft installations, maintenance and modifications. The company offers avionics service and installations major alterations and repairs; AOG support and service; and Part 135 and 91 aircraft management service. Its facility at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) serves customers serves customers on-site and on-location throughout the Northeast United States. www.prostaraviation.com.
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