When the SmartSky 4G network takes flight later this year, Clay Lacy Aviation will be a partner for hardware sales and installations, as well as supplemental type certificate (STC) developer on four Gulfstream models: the G200, G-IV, G-IVSP, and G-V. The Company, founded in 1968 as the first aircraft management and jet charter service in the Western U.S., is considered the world’s most experienced private-jet operator. It is also an FAA Part 145 maintenance, repair and overhaul destination serving as an authorized dealer, installation and repair facility for a wide range of leading avionics and cabin entertainment products.
“We are constantly evaluating new technologies that will benefit our clients, and SmartSky Networks high-speed Wi-Fi promises typical speeds over ten times faster than what is available today.” says Jim Lauer, Clay Lacy Aviation’s Director of Avionics. “It offers an affordable and seamless, office-in-the-sky experience that is sure to benefit corporate aviation passengers.”
SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a secure signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network. Its ultra-high capacity broadband connectivity system will initially provide air-to-ground (ATG) service over the continental United States with nearly 20,000 beams. SmartSky’s scalable ATG platform, using 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 welcome Clay Lacy Aviation, a legendary industry leader, as a partner in the airborne connectivity revolution our 4G network represents,” says SmartSky Networks President Ryan Stone. “SmartSky 4G is the only inflight network capable of offering services in which bi-directional high bandwidth and low latency are essential. We use 20 times the spectrum (or pipe-size) of the incumbent, patented beamforming and the latest 4G technologies to deliver a robust experience, all with value-pricing as low as 18 cents a megabyte.”
Introductory, time-sensitive offers provide a further incentive for people to get on board early. Customers interested in learning about the Early Bird program can visit http://smartskynetworks.com/earlybird2016/ or contact Satcom Direct, SmartSky’s exclusive customer service and support provider.