Aircraft service provider Duncan Aviation has received FAA approval for a Supplemental Type Certificate that will allows for the installation of SmartSky’s air-to-ground connectivity system for Challenger 601, 604, 605 and 650 aircraft.
SmartSky’s network brings new, high-performance wifi to business aircraft, powered by a mix of 4G LTE and 5G technologies.
The technology enables multiple passengers to hold in-flight conference calls, VPN into the office, stream movies, compete in online games, and easily upload/download content during their flights.
“We are working on STCs for several additional makes and models for the SmartSky equipment,” said certification coordinator Russ Kromberg. “Those STCs, slated for completion in 2020, are for the Challenger 300, Learjet 45, and Falcon 900 and 2000.”
“Duncan Aviation knew exactly what their customers wanted and provided critical input for our design requirements,” said SmartSky chairman and CEO Haynes Griffin. “Our system meets or exceeds that high bar Duncan Aviation helped set, giving customers the internet speed, they’ve long demanded using SmartSky’s patented bi-directional, low-latency network.”