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12 September 2019 — Aerospace Testing International: Testing Connections

There are many reasons why people choose to fly by business jet… Cabin comfort, air quality and bespoke catering have always been important to the business jet experience, but for many regular fliers the cabin is also a place of work. Read more.


10 September 2019 — APEX: Why Jetsetters “Hop” to Fly With Semi-Private JSX

JSX is the fastest growing airline in North America, flying 2,400 flights per month compared to 1,000 flights per month just a year ago… In-flight Wi-Fi will be added in 2020, with JSX as the launch airline for SmartSky Networks’ high-speed air-to-ground connectivity solution. Read more.


6 September 2019 — Avionics International: PODCAST: Angela Vargo, VP of Marketing for JSX – SmartSky’s Launch Customer

We are proud to share this podcast from Avionics International with Angela Vargo, VP of Marketing for JSX. California-based JSX, formerly JetSuiteX, is the launch customer for SmartSky’s upcoming air to ground in-flight connectivity network. Listen here!


5 September 2019 — Duncan Aviation: Duncan Aviation Completes Challenger STC For SmartSky

LINCOLN, NEB — Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce that it has received FAA approval for a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that will allow installation of SmartSky’s air-to-ground connectivity system for Challenger 601, 604, 605 and 650 aircraft. SmartSky’s network brings new, high-performance Wi-Fi to business aircraft, powered by a mix of advanced 4G LTE and 5G technologies. Read more.


20 August 2019 — Runway Girl Network: Inflight Internet players prepare for realities of free browsing model

It’s no secret that a growing number of airlines are expressing a desire to offer free inflight connectivity to passengers beyond a free messaging tier… Meanwhile, SmartSky Networks is already in the process of installing its nextgen ATG kit on its first aircraft operated by JetSuiteX, which has rebranded as JSX (Joyful, Simple, Xperiences). It says its solution is fully capable of supporting free IFC, where take rates soar. Read more.


19 August 2019 — PaxEx.Aero: SmartSky’s commercial installations begin

SmartSky’s push towards launching its air-to-ground inflight connectivity solution took a significant step forward earlier this month. The first commercial aircraft to carry the company’s kit is currently in the shop getting the system installed. The move comes just seven months after the contract was announced and five months after the STC was issued. Read more.


13 August 2019 — AINOnline: SmartSky, Mosaic Partner To Expand Skytelligence

SmartSky Networks has partnered with Mosaic ATM to enhance Skytelligence’s open marketplace and framework infrastructure to connect aviation applications and services developers, the air-to-ground (ATG) data network developer and provider announced yesterday. Read more.


10 August 2019 — RGN Premium: SmartSky zeros in on regional aircraft opportunities

SmartSky zeros in on regional aircraft opportunities… Read more on Runway Girl Network with a Premium subscription. Read more.


9 August 2019 — AINOnline: JetSuiteX Transforms into JSX

Rapidly growing public charter provider JetSuiteX has taken on a new identity, JSX, this week rolling out the new brand, logo, livery, updated website, and ad campaign that highlights its “hop-on jet service.” … The company provides a range of amenities aboard its aircraft and is set to roll out high-speed Wi-Fi throughout its fleet of Embraer 135s and 145s next year in partnership with SmartSky Networks. Read more.


1 August 2019 — GetConnected: SmartSky Networks is advancing next-gen connectivity and bettering passenger experience

SmartSky Networks has reached a milestone number of 130 patents to support its development of an air-to-ground (ATG) network. This milestone patent is not to be the last, as the company says it has another 91 still in a pending state. Read more.


23 July 2019 — IFExpress: SmartSky and Snowflake Collaborate on Skytelligence

SmartSky Networks has been busy. First, the company announced their collaboration with Snowflake Software in early April. The collaborative effort between the two companies will occur through SmartSky’s Skytelligence Aviation Data Marketplace. Read more.


16 July 2019 — WRAL TechWire: RTP-based SmartSky raises additional $25.6M ahead of its in-flight network launch

SmartSky Networks is getting ready to make a splash with the upcoming launch of its new air-to-ground communications network for aviation. Read more.


19 June 2019 — PaxEx.Aero: SmartSky boosts sales channel with Honeywell Aerospace VAR deal

As the network buildout enters the home stretch SmartSky’s sales efforts continue apace. Honeywell Aerospace signed on as a value-added reseller for the SmartSky air-to-ground inflight connectivity solution this week. Read more.


18 June 2019 — Honeywell Aerospace: Honeywell and SmartSky Bring Unparalleled Connectivity to North American Airlines Using 5G Technologies

PARIS, June 18, 2019 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been selected as an authorized value-added reseller for SmartSky Networks’ air-to-ground services leveraging 5G technologies for North American airline operators. By becoming an authorized reseller, Honeywell extends its inflight connectivity (IFC) services for airlines. Read more.


15 June 2019 — Business Air News: SmartSky puts 5G to good use with patents pending

SmartSky’s technology has received the critical threshold regulatory certifications from the FAA and the Federal Communications Commission. With cybersecurity a hot topic, it is being choosy with its partners. Read more.


4 June 2019 — Avionics International: SmartSky’s 5G-Ready ATG Network Clears Critical Certification Threshold

SmartSky Networks is months away from seeing its air-to-ground (ATG) 4G LTE in-flight connectivity network operating on passenger carrying flights. The ATG aircraft internet service provider’s network is also already using 5G elements, SmartSky Networks President Ryan Stone told Avionics International. Read more.


31 May 2019 — APEX: SmartSky Enters Final Phase of Next-Gen ATG Network

Following Gogo’s announcement that it will launch a 5G ATG network in 2021, SmartSky is in the final stages of completing its ATG network, which incorporates a mix of 4G LTE and 5G technologies and is scheduled to be available in flight by the end of this year. Read more.


14 May 2019 — APEX: APEX in Profile: Nancy Walker

Nancy is an aviation industry veteran with a master’s degree in engineering management and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She most recently served as a senior portfolio manager for Leonardo DRS, acquiring programs for ruggedized network computing systems for US defense and international military customers. Read more.


13 May 2019 — FlightGlobal: Onboard connectivity to future proof aircraft

With strong demand for in-flight connectivity in the business aviation market now a given, providers are moving to the next stage of development. This involves extending the list of aircraft types on which onboard internet can be installed, expanding its capabilities beyond web-surfing for passengers and ensuring systems are future-proofed to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology. Read more.


3 May 2019 — PaxEx.Aero: SmartSky inflight wifi lives up to the promise

By the time a company is ready to run a media demo flight of a new technology the assumption is that the system will work as advertised. Still, as the SmartSky Citation Excel taxied for departure on a clear Florida morning a couple weeks ago there were questions to be answered and tests to be run. Read more.


3 May 2019 — AvBuyer Magazine: Is Your Jet’s Cabin Connectivity Becoming Obsolete?

Worn seats and weathered sidewalls tell you your cabin needs updating. Signs that your cabin connectivity system is obsolete can be just as telling, and the two leading indicators are the equipment and functionality, according to Satcom Direct’s Jared Maynard and Nancy Walker, SmartSky Networks. Read more.


1 May 2019 — Business Aviation Advisor: Inflight Connectivity Insight: Understanding Your Wi-Fi Options

Wi-Fi is so ubiquitous and powerful on the ground that we rarely give it a second thought. Yet some business aircraft operators have been settling for dramatically reduced capabilities for their inflight connectivity (IFC). Read more.


16 April 2019 — AINOnline: StandardAero Gains First Embraer SmartSky STC

The FAA awarded a supplemental type certificate to StandardAero for installation of SmartSky air-to-ground connectivity equipment in the Embraer ERJ135/140/145 and Legacy 600/650. Read more.


11 April 2019 — Runway Girl Network: SmartSky readies to announce VARs for 4G LTE inflight connectivity

SmartSky Networks is in the process of selecting the value added resellers (VARs) which will provide its 4G LTE inflight connectivity service to airlines and business aircraft operators. Read more.


2 April 2019 — Aviation Today: New Analytics, Antenna and Cable Technology at AIX 2019

Avionics manufacturers and aircraft connectivity service providers are responding to airlines’ demands for faster connection speeds, more flexible architectures and aircraft data analytics platforms at the 2019 Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. Read more.


29 March 2019 — GetConnected: Gore cable assemblies powering SmartSky Networks

Gore Microwave/RF Assemblies are helping SmartSky Networks launch the next-generation of inflight connectivity above the clouds. SmartSky selected Gore’s vapor-sealed 7 Series for their new inflight connectivity system, which provides travellers with a true 4G LTE air-to-ground (ATG) connection in aircraft such as the Embraer ERJ-135 operated by JetSuiteX. Read more.


27 March 2019 — MRO Network: 4G LTE Connectivity Coming Soon to Regional and Business Aircraft

SmartSky Networks’ ground-based inflight connectivity (IFC) solution will soon be coming to regional and business aircraft. StandardAero has received approval to install SmartSky’s 4G LTE aircraft system in Embraer regional and business jets. Read more.


6 February 2019 — Via Satellite: SmartSky Networks Closes $104 Million Funding Round

In-flight internet provider SmartSky Networks closed a total of $104 million in funding, including $75 million in debt commitments from funds managed by the global credit team at BlackRock, and equity investments by private equity firms Tiger Infrastructure, WP Global, Platform Partners, and Meritage Investors. Read more.


6 February 2019 — GetConnected: SmartSky Networks announces $104m round of funding

SmartSky Networks has announced the closing of a total of $104m in funding, including $75 million in debt commitments from funds managed by the Global Credit team at BlackRock and equity investments by private equity firms Tiger Infrastructure, WP Global, Platform Partners, and Meritage Investors. Read more.


5 February 2019 — Globe News Wire: SmartSky Networks Announces $104M Funding Round

The aviation industry’s transformative inflight internet provider, SmartSky Networks, announces the closing of a total of $104M in funding, including $75 million in debt commitments from funds managed by the Global Credit team at BlackRock and equity investments by private equity firms Tiger Infrastructure, WP Global, Platform Partners, and Meritage Investors. Read more.


4 February 2019 — AINOnline: SmartSky Signs JetSuiteX for Air-to-ground Service

JetSuiteX has selected SmartSky Networks to provide airborne connectivity services for its fleet of Embraer ERJ-135s that fly to seven destinations in California and Nevada, using private terminals. Read more.


31 January 2019 — HMG Aerospace: JetSuiteX signs up to SmartSky 4G LTE

JetSuiteX is to become the first carrier to offer SmartSky Networks’ in-flight internet solution, with plans to launch the service in late summer 2019 with a phased roll-out across their rapidly growing fleet. Read more.


30 January 2019 — GetConnected: JetSuiteX to launch SmartSky Networks connectivity across fleet

JetSuiteX, the air carrier that offers regular flights from private terminals at the cost of a commercial ticket, announced that it will become the first carrier to offer SmartSky Networks’ inflight internet solution. Read more.


30 January 2019 — APEX: APEX TECH January 2019: Takeaways From Day One

Day One of APEX TECH started with a launch customer announcement from SmartSky Networks and continued with updates from APEX’s various working groups on ad delivery, the MPEG-DASH streaming format, security requirements for HD and HDR content, emerging codecs and content delivery. Read more.


04 January 2019 — Satellite Mobility World: SmartSky vs Gogo: The Battle for the ATG Market

There’s a battle brewing in aircraft business jet connectivity markets, one pitting long-time market leader and ATG provider Gogo against upstart, SmartSky, purveyor of a new ultra-high speed ATG Network. Read more.


26 December 2018 — AINOnline: SmartSky Service Starting Soon

The buildout of SmartSky’s U.S. ground network suffered some delays due to blizzards in the Midwest late last year, but the company expects two corridors of its air-to-ground airborne connectivity service to be running in early 2019. Read more.


25 December 2018 — Runway Girl Network: SmartSky CCO Nancy Walker talks engineering and integrity

With NASA, Thales and Leonardo DRS already on her CV, Nancy Walker this year accepted the chief commercial officer position at inflight connectivity newcomer SmartSky Networks. She told Runway Girl Network why the job is right for her and why she never became a math teacher. Read more.


12 November 2018 — Runway Girl Network: SmartSky Networks impresses during flight demo as launch date nears

It’s not uncommon to hear certain inflight connectivity service providers promise an at-home or office experience in the sky. But executing on the promise can be challenging, as that type of experience entails having access to streaming video, VPN, and multi-person webinairs, as well as other applications that require high-bandwidth and low latency. Read more.


18 October 2018 — AviationPros: SmartSKY 4G LTE Takes Flight with Pentastar Aviation Completing First Certification and Customer Install

Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, announced today that it has successfully completed the first installation of a SmartSky Networks 4G LTE system in a customer’s aircraft. Pentastar Aviation developed an Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), which now permits SmartSky installations on the Gulfstream GIV-X and GV-SP. Read more.


18 October 2018 — Runway Girl Network: SmartSky eyes commercial go-live date for LTE network in near-term

Working hard behind the scenes to bring its nextgen air-to-ground (ATG)-supported inflight connectivity service to US aircraft operators, SmartSky Networks expects its LTE network to shortly go-live with its first business aviation customers. Read more.


17 October 2018 — FlightGlobal: NBAA: Pentastar completes first SmartSky 4G LTE install

Michigan-based aircraft service provider Pentastar Aviation has completed the first installation of SmartSky Networks’ 4G LTE in-flight connectivity system in a business jet. Read more.


16 October 2018 — AINOnline: Pentastar Installs First SmartSky System

The first customer installation of a SmartSky Networks 4G LTE air-to-ground connectivity system was completed by Pentastar Aviation. The installation is in a Gulfstream G550, and it was certified under an approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate (STC) covering the GIV through G550. Read more.


16 October 2018 — AINOnline: Stevens Named SmartSky Distributor

Stevens Aviation has been approved as an authorized dealer for the sale and installation of equipment for the SmartSky Networks 4G LTE air-to-ground network, which will soon roll out across the entire U.S. The MRO company (Booth 656) will sell the equipment from its three locations—Greenville, South Carolina; Dayton, Ohio; and Nashville, Tennessee—for “many business jet models, using STC licenses obtained from other SmartSky distribution partners.” Read more.


16 October 2018 — Pentastar Aviation: SmartSKY 4G LTE Takes Flight with Pentastar Aviation Completing First Certification and Customer Install

Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, announced today that it has successfully completed the first installation of a SmartSky Networks 4G LTE system in a customer’s aircraft. Pentastar Aviation developed an Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), which now permits SmartSky installations on the Gulfstream GIV-X and GV-SP. Read more.


15 October 2018 — FlightGlobal: NBAA: In-flight connectivity covering all bases

Sky-high demand for in-flight connectivity from all corners of the business aviation market is driving a hive of activity among service providers on both the air-to-ground (ATG) and satellite fronts. This year will see the first-phase rollout of newcomer SmartSky Networks’ North American 4G LTE service, putting it in direct competition with incumbent ATG provider Gogo. Read more.


12 October 2018 — APEX Media: Nancy Walker on Her First 100 Days as SmartSky Networks’ CCO

On May 30, 2018, Nancy Walker was announced as the first chief commercial officer of SmartSky Networks. During an interview at APEX EXPO 2018, Nancy spoke about her first 100 days with the company. Read more.


30 September 2018 — RGN Premium: A deep dive with SmartSky Networks’ top brass

Working hard behind the scenes to bring its nextgen ATG-supported inflight connectivity service to US operators… Read more on Runway Girl Network with a Premium subscription. Read more.


31 August 2018 — Business Aviation Advisor: Airborne Data Defense, New Focus on Cybersecurity

Our connected world now reaches through the sky to our modern aircraft. The expectations of wireless internet service and real-time voice and data communication in the air are fast becoming comparable to what we take for granted for our offices and homes on the ground. Read more.


22 June 2018 — Aviation Week: Duncan Partners With SmartSky’s 4G LTE Network

Duncan Aviation is partnering with SmartSky Networks on SmartSky’s new 4G LTE-based inflight network. The air-to-ground network delivers connectivity for passengers to stream video, chat, text, play games and hold videoconferences. Read more.


18 June 2018 — The Tech Tribune: 10 Best Tech Startups in North Carolina

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in North Carolina. SmartSky Networks is listed at Number 1. Read more.


23 May 2018 — GetConnected: Duncan Aviation partners with SmartSky on inflight connectivity

Duncan Aviation has announced a partnership with SmartSky Networks for its new 4G LTE-based air-to-ground inflight connectivity network. The service, which is due for launch this year, will offer low latency and high bandwidth with relatively small equipment. Read more.


22 May 2018 — Aviation Pros: Duncan Aviation Partners With SmartSky On 4G LTE Network & Equipment

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce its partnership with SmartSky Networks, as the latter company launches its new 4G LTE-based inflight connectivity network. The air-to-ground (ATG) network delivers a true office-in-the-sky environment with unprecedented speed, reliability, and security. Read more.


6 May 2018 — Runway Girl Network: One-on-one with SmartSky Networks president Ryan Stone

SmartSky, which expects to switch on its LTE network nationwide before the end of the year, is prepared to defend its intellectual property if necessary. In a wide-ranging interview with Runway Girl Network at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, SmartSky president, director and co-founder Ryan Stone strongly urged those who might want to infringe on the company’s IP not to do so. Read more.


30 April 2018 — GetConnected: Battle hotting up for US air-to-ground inflight connectivity

From being a one-horse race (Gogo) a few years ago, the US marketplace for air-to-ground (ATG) inflight connectivity is fast becoming more competitive with new players like SmartSky Networks, and perhaps even Google, throwing their hats into the ring. Read more.


27 April 2018 — AviationPros: Ventura Air Services Commits to Secure Bombardier Learjet 55 STC for SmartSky 4G LTE System Installation and Operation

Ventura Air Services has committed to secure a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the installation and operation of a SmartSky 4G LTE system on the Bombardier Learjet 55. Read more.


12 April 2018 — everythingRF: SmartSky Networks Selects GORE RF/Microwave Cable Assemblies for its Air-borne Test Lab

SmartSky Networks’ airborne test lab developed to optimize their new air-to-ground network will be using GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies. Gore engineers worked closely with SmartSky to design and provide high performance vapor-sealed microwave/RF assemblies in a very short time-frame, allowing SmartSky to continue to stay on schedule. Read more.


11 April 2018 — APEX: Airlines Should Share Data With Third Parties to Generate Revenue, PTS Panelists Say

APEX Insight: The subject of sharing data with third parties is controversial, but companies like SmartSky Networks and Black Swan Data agree that it can be a great way to drive revenue if it’s done securely. Read more.


27 March 2018 — Avionics: 20 New Avionics Technologies Introduced at AEA 2018

Avionics manufacturing innovation is booming for the business and general aviation industry, as demonstrated in the annual opening ceremony at the 2018 Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention.Read more.


26 March 2018 — AINOnline: SmartSky Lite Bringing 4G to Smaller Aircraft

As SmartSky Networks continues building out its air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity network in the continental U.S., it introduced a new system for light jets and turboprops, SmartSky Lite, on Monday at the 2018 Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas. The Lite system will offer the same 4G LTE network speed as SmartSky’s current system for midsize and larger jets, but is limited to six devices on board.Read more.


26 March 2018 — Globe Newswire: Introducing SmartSky LiTE™ – the First 4G LTE-based Connectivity for Light-Jet and Turboprop Aircraft

It’s easy for light aircraft operators to feel like all the inflight connectivity focus is on larger-cabin, longer-range jets. Anyone in the industry can tell you, however, that operators of turboprops and light jets have always been vital to business aviation – and that their impact is poised to grow.Read more.


23 March 2018 — AINOnline: SmartSky 4G System Wins FAA PMA Nods

The FAA has awarded parts manufacturer approval (PMA) to SmartSky Networks’ radio and antenna manufacturing partners, enabling production of the SmartSky 4G LTE aircraft system and facilitating STC projects to begin for several business aircraft models.Read more.


23 March 2018 — Get Connected: SmartSky secures Parts Manufacturer Approval for ATG system

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to Avidyne, SmartSky Networks’ radio and antenna manufacturing partners, enabling full-rate production of the SmartSky 4G LTE inflight connectivity system.Read more.


22 March 2018 — Globe News Wire: FAA Bestows Parts Manufacturer Approval on SmartSky 4G Aircraft System

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to SmartSky Networks’ radio and antenna manufacturing partners, enabling full-rate production of the SmartSky 4G LTE aircraft system and catalyzing STC projects on numerous popular business aircraft.Read more.


20 January 2018 — Herald Sun: NC startups raise more than $1 billion in comeback year

Last year was a comeback year for entrepreneurial activity across North Carolina. After seeing funding levels fall across the state in 2016, North Carolina startups rebounded in 2017, raising more than $1 billion in funding.Read more.


30 January 2018 — Aviation Today: FAA Grants First STC For SmartSky 4G LTE

The FAA approved the first supplemental type certificate (STC) for SmartSky Networks’ pioneering airborne 4G LTE network, awarding it to SmartSky’s manufacturing partner Avidyne Corporation for installation on the Cessna Citation Excel. Read more.


30 January 2018 — GetConnected: FAA approves first STC for SmartSky 4G LTE ATG equipment

The SmartSky airborne inflight connectivity network has received a boost from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after Avidyne Corporation, SmartSky’s avionics manufacturing partner, was awarded the first supplemental type certificate (STC). Read more.


30 January 2018 — Avionics Magazine: 82 Airlines in the World Now Provide Internet, Does Yours?

Nearly half of all available seat miles worldwide now feature in-flight connectivity, according to a new report. In 2017, 12 new airlines added Wi-Fi to their fleets, and a total of 82 commercial air carriers globally now offer access to web browsing, streaming and other internet-based services. Read more.


30 January 2018 — AINOnline: SmarkSky’s 4G LTE Hardware Wins First STC

The onboard hardware for SmartSky’s upcoming 4G air-to-ground (ATG) network for business aircraft operators has received its first STC approval, in this case on a Cessna Citation Excel. Avidyne, SmartSky’s avionics manufacturing partner, was awarded the STC by the FAA. SmartSky’s 4G ATG network uses “beam forming” technology to provide high data-transmission rates to aircraft. Read more.


17 January 2018 — ProPilot Magazine: SD has 3G capability now but a partnership with SmartSky will offer subscribers 4G LTE speeds

Satcom Direct security features monitor portable electronic devices in real time to protect the airborne network from nefarious activity or inadvertent computer viruses brought onboard by passengers. Read more.


05 January 2018 — AlleyWatch: The 20 Largest US Startup Fundings of 2017

Today, I take a look at the 20 companies that have raised the largest startup funding rounds in the US in 2017 using some data from our friends at Crunchbase. In addition to dollar amount, I have included industry, round, brief description of the company, founding, date, date of funding and total equity funding raised to further the analysis. Read more.


06 December 2017 — Aviation Daily: 2018 To Usher In SmartSky Availability

Passengers boarding a business jet flight want to be as connected in the air as they are on the ground, with access to high-speed internet and data. Read more.


30 November 2017 — The Tech Tribune: 10 Best Tech Startups in Charlotte

The Tech Tribune takes a look at the 10 best technology startups in Charlotte. Read more.


29 November 2017 — Get Connected: SmartSky 4G LTE gets closer to commercial launch

SmartSky Networks is getting closer to the full commercial roll-out of its 4G LTE-based air-to-ground (ATG) inflight connectivity service and has completed its first media demonstration. The company’s Citation Excel took flight recently from Melbourne International Airport with the media encouraged to do multiple things online simultaneously. Read more.


21 November 2017 — AINOnline: SmartSky Offers Unlimited Data for Early-bird Customers

SmartSky is offering lifetime unlimited data on its upcoming 4G air-to-ground (ATG) network for business aircraft operators who commit by early next year to its $4,500 per-month Enterprise plan, which normally provides 25 gigabytes. The company said its 4G ATG network, which uses “beam forming” technology to provide high data-transmission rates, is on schedule to provide 95 percent Continental U.S. coverage in mid-2018. Read more.


20 November 2017 — Flying Magazine: Can SmartSky Deliver on its Lofty High-Speed Connectivity Promise?

As my flying routine typically involves cramped middle seats on bargain commercial flights, the thought of actual high-speed Internet at cruising altitude is about as realistic as finding the treasure of Oak Island. So, when SmartSky invited me on a recent flight to test its 4G LTE network over Florida, I was skeptical at best that I’d be able to stream a movie or FaceTime my family, as they’d promised me before boarding a Citation Excel at the Satcom Direct hangar in Melbourne. Read more.


17 November 2017 — Avionics: A Firsthand Look at SmartSky’s 4G LTE In-Flight Connectivity

SmartSky Networks is planning to officially roll out its 4G LTE in-flight connectivity service to business jet operators in the continental U.S. in mid-2018. Once fully operational, the company said it will be the first aviation connectivity service provider using a proprietary beam-forming technology in an air-to-ground network. Read more.


10 November 2017 — Charlotte Agenda: The 34 most powerful startups in Charlotte

Charlotte’s startup scene may be early in its development, but it’s already produced some powerful companies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Charlotte’s startups have definitive clusters in financial tech, healthcare and energy. But there are also plenty of companies flying under the radar locally but making huge impacts in their industries. Read more.


3 November 2017 — CSO: Largest cybersecurity venture capital deals in 2017

A look at venture capitalist firms that have invested $40 million or more into cybersecurity startups this year. Read more.


September 2017 — Professional Pilot: SmartSky, popular ATG communications provider with its 4G LTE program

Using beamforming, SSN has the flexibility to give all subscriber aircraft the same level of service regardless of their location. Read more.


31 August 2017 — Business North Carolina: The $250 million bet on SmartSky mobile service

Making minute corrections on their yokes, the pilots watch their attitude indicators, Kindle-sized screens on the instrument panel in front of them. On them, icons show the $11 million Cessna Citation Excel flying straight and level toward what pilots call an artificial horizon, brown for the earth below, blue above. Central Florida lies below in a gray haze. Read more.


8 August 2017 — Financial News: SmartSky 4G LTE initiates air-to-ground network deployment

SmartSky Networks, LLC, an aviation communications provider, has initiated deployment of the nation´s first airborne 4G LTE-based air-to-ground (ATG) network, the company said. Read more.


7 August 2017 — AIN Online: SmartSky Delays Service Launch to Mid-2018

SmartSky Networks, which is developing a new air-to-ground airborne connectivity network in the U.S., has delayed launch of its 4G LTE service until mid-2018, according to the company. The company’s earlier projections were for service to begin in 2016, but that was subsequently moved to late 2017. Read more.


4 August 2017 — SpaceNews: SmartSky’s Air-to-Ground Network slips to 2018

Inflight connectivity startup SmartSky Networks has pushed back the start date for its terrestrial air-to-ground network from late this year to mid-2018, the company said Aug. 3. Read more.


4 August 2017 — Via Satellite: SmartSky Begins Deployment of 4G LTE Air-to-Ground Network

SmartSky Networks has initiated deployment of its airborne 4G LTE-based Air-to-Ground (ATG) network. Using 60 MHz of spectrum and beamforming technology, the network will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of the current industry standard ATG network, and at a lower cost per bit, the company stated. Read more.


7 June 2017 — Ottawa Business Journal: Ottawa-based DragonWave’s shares soar on news of inflight Wi-Fi contract

DragonWave (TSX:DRWI)(NASDAQ:DRWI) shares took off in early morning trading after the local telecom firm said it landed an aviation contract from a U.S. firm flush with cash. Later in the day, the producer of microwave radio systems for mobile networks announced it will continue to be listed on the Nasdaq exchange. Read more.


7 June 2017 — Oracle Dispatch: DragonWave, Inc.(USA) (NASDAQ:DRWI) Rallying on In-Flight 4G Deal

DragonWave, Inc.(USA) (NASDAQ:DRWI) shares were all the rage this time last year. DRWI was trading through the $10.00 level in explosive fashion exceeding millions of shares per day. They experienced what many smaller stocks go through when they are required to do secondary offerings using stock. Read more.


7 June 2017 — Baystreet: DragonWave Stock Takes Flight on Contract with SmartSky Networks

The news didn’t come out until after Tuesday’s closing bell, positioning traders to jump all over shares of DragonWave Inc. (TSX:DRWI) (NASDAQ:DRWI) in Wednesday trading action if they saw value in the announcement. Apparently they did. Toronto-listed shares were the highest moving equity listed on the TSX, ballooning more than 72% when all the dust settled. Read more.


6 June 2017 — APEX: Pre-APEX TECH Interview: SmartSky Networks President on When to Open the Kimono

APEX Insight: Ahead of next week’s APEX TECH, SmartSky Networks president Ryan Stone explains the importance of participating on a connectivity panel with rivals like ViaSat and Inmarsat. Read more.


30 May 2017 — Via Satellite: Experts Highlight New Applications For In-Flight Connectivity

Emerging global connectivity capabilities will be one of the biggest drivers for new in-flight applications — especially on the operations side — according to speakers at a Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) panel on May 25. Read more.


26 May 2017 — Space News: Inflight connectivity providers more concerned about cyber threats than laptop ban

Travel bans barring passengers from bringing laptops and tablet computers onboard airplanes aren’t much cause for concern for satellite operators who provide airlines with internet connectivity, executives said May 25, but protecting those devices from hackers and cyber criminals is. Read more.


18 May 2017 — FlightGlobal: EBACE: Connectivity competition tightens in business aviation market

Competition between in-flight connectivity providers to the business aviation market is intensifying, as incumbents and newcomers jostle to put across the message that they are best-placed to meet rapidly growing demand for these services. Read more.


16 May 2017 — Triangle Business Journal: Q1 means nearly $350M for N.C. entrepreneurs – what the investors are saying

Tech investments have topped those in life sciences in North Carolina. That’s according to the first quarter Innovators Report, compiled by the Durham-based Council for Entrepreneurial Development. In total, entrepreneurs across the state raised more than $347 million in funding through 48 equity investment deals, the report shows. That’s about 57 percent of the total dollars raised in all of 2016. Read more.


15 May 2017 — Durham Herald Sun: North Carolina startups raise more than $347 million in first quarter of 2017

North Carolina startup companies raised more than $347 million in the first quarter of 2017 — a more than 105 percent increase from the same quarter last year, according to a report from the Durham-based Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). That sizable increase was mainly due to the Charlotte-based telecommunications startup SmartSky Networks raising more than $170 million in the first quarter. SmartSky is creating a system to improve Internet connectivity for airplane passengers. Read more.


15 May 2017 — WRAL TechWire: CED report: 45 NC entrepreneurial firms raise $347M in Q1

Forty-five entrepreneurial companies across the state of North Carolina from life science to cleantech raised some $347 million in the first quarter across 48 equity deals, says the latest Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Innovators Report. That’s more than double the $169 million reported in Q1 2016. Read more.


28 April 2017 — Runway Girl Network: Pocketbook bulging, SmartSky reveals next steps

Riding high after securing a sizable funding round, upstart inflight connectivity provider SmartSky Networks used the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg as an opportunity to outline its certification plans, network build-out and other service development details. Read more.


3 April 2017 — WBTV: Charlotte startup to roll out in-flight Wi-Fi network with new funding

A Charlotte-based startup working to improve Internet connectivity in airplanes has secured $170 million in a multi-tranche Series B financing. Charlotte-based SmartSky Networks is rolling out the country’s first 4G LTE-based broadband high speed wireless air-to-ground data network, according to a statement from the firm Friday. Read more.


3 April 2017 — Finsmes: SmartSky Networks Closes over $170m Series B Financing

SmartSky Networks, LLC, a Charlotte, N.C.-based developer of air-to-ground network SmartSky 4G LTE, closed an over $170m multi-tranche Series B financing. Read more.


30 March 2017 — Space News: SmartSky raises $170 million for terrestrial in-flight connectivity network

SmartSky Networks, a startup building cellular towers for in-flight connectivity — a market coveted and dominated by satellite operators — says it is fully funded to build out ground-based network thanks to a new $170 million Series B funding round. Read more.


29 March 2017 — The Charlotte Weekly: SmartSky Networks secures $170M Series B financing

SmartSky Networks LLC announced the closing of more than $170 million in a multi-tranche Series B financing, completing the equity funding for the deployment of its nationwide network. With this financing, the company has raised approximately a quarter of a billion dollars in equity capital. Read more.


29 March 2017 — Get Connected: SmartSky Networks secures $170m finance for ATG network

SmartSky Networks has secured more than $170 million in a multi-tranche Series B financing, completing the equity funding for the deployment of its nationwide network. Read more.


29 March 2017 — Charlotte Business Journal: This Charlotte startup now has funding to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to airplanes

SmartSky Networks, the startup working to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to airplanes through a nationwide network, announced Tuesday it has closed over $170 million in a multi-tranche Series B round. The Charlotte-based startup says the round completes the funding needed to deploy its nationwide network. Read more.


27 March 2017 — Space News: Will SmartSky’s ground game erode satellite’s in-flight connectivity high ground?

A six-year-old company headquartered near Charlotte, North Carolina’s busy international airport raised $66 million this February as it nears completion of an air-to-ground network of 250 cellular towers. When finished, those towers will point close to 20,000 beams at passenger planes crossing the continental United States. Read more.


23 March 2017 — Aviation Week: SmartSky Set For Network Buildout Sprint

Nascent air-to-ground service provider SmartSky Networks plans to install more than 240 ground stations in the continental U.S. by fall. Read more.


April/May 2017 — APEX Experience: Haynes G. Griffin

“We are bringing broadband Internet in a way that will enable benefits and efficiencies.” A profile on Haynes G. Griffin, Chairman and CEO of SmartSky Networks. Read more.


15 March 2017 — Aviation Today: AEA 2017: New Avionics Unveiled

SmartSky Networks President Ryan Stone presented an update on his company’s latest efforts to commercialize the first 4G air to ground (ATG) IFC network in the National Airspace System (NAS), showing AEA 2017 attendees a demonstration video from January 2017. Read more.


27 February 2017 — Irish Examiner: What can Irish firms exhibiting at Europe’s largest trade fair expect?

One of those 30 companies is Cork firm Software Radio Systems Technologies. SRS headed to Barcelona coming off a coup in securing a partnership with US company SmartSky Networks, a high-performance air-to-ground connectivity network operator. Read more.


14 February 2017 — Charlotte Business Journal: Charlotte in-flight internet provider SmartSky Networks raises $66 million

SmartSky Networks, provider of high-speed in-flight internet, has raised $66.65 million from five investors in a private stock offering, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Read more.


7 January 2017 — APEX: APEX in Profile: Haynes G. Griffin

Haynes is a former CEO of Vanguard Cellular Systems, which he took public in 1988 and sold to AT&T in 1999, and has also served as chairman of CTIA. As founding CEO of SmartSky Networks, Haynes will help bring affordable, bidirectional broadband connectivity to the aviation industry with the completion of its nationwide network later this year. Read more.


October/November 2016 — Avionics: Capitalizing on the Advent of Cockpit Connectivity: New Air-to-Ground 4G Play

A much newer IFC market entrant, SmartSky Networks, is launching its 4G air-to-ground network this fall with the goal to complete nationwide coverage in 2017. Read more.


Autumn 2016 — Executive and VIP Aviation International: Streaming in the Sky

On 28 September 2016 SmartSky Networks took a giant step in its bid to transform broadband connectivity for business aviation when the company received FCC certification for its patented spectrum reuse radio technology. Read more.


2 November 2016 — RGN Premium: In conversation with SmartSky chief Haynes Griffin

Nearing STC on the Cessna Excel, SmartSky chairman and CEO Haynes Griffin and other SmartSky executives sat down with RGN editor Mary Kirby at NBAA16 today in Orlando to discuss SmartSky’s broad inflight connectivity plans and perceptions about Gogo’s positioning in the US market. Read more.


1 November 2016 — AINOnline: SmartSky App Supports Corporate Angel Network

SmartSky Networks (Booth 2626) arrived at NBAA 2016 with an app designed to disrupt: that is, by putting a smile on your face while helping raise money for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN, Booth 3929). CAN provides pro-bono corporate jet transportation for cancer patients in need of specialized treatment across the U.S. when seats are available. Read more.


31 October 2016 — ANOnline: TrueNorth Router OK’d for SmartSky 4G

The Optelity Pro Cabin Gateway from TrueNorth Avionics, which is being acquired by Satcom Direct, has been approved by SmartSky Networks for the in-development SmartSky 4G LTE air-to-ground network, the company announced this week at NBAA 2016. Read more.


24 October 2016 — Aviation Pros: Pentastar Aviation to Introduce Avionics Solutions at NBAA2016

Pentastar Aviation will unveil its wireless charging solution for business aircraft cabins, in partnership with Cobalt Aerospace, during the National Business Aviation Association’s annual Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA2016) held November 1-3, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Read more.


17 October 2016 — APEX Insight: Countdown to APEX EXPO 2016: SmartSky’s Mary Rogozinski on In-Flight Connectivity & the EXPO Community

As the vice-president of Airlines for SmartSky Networks, Mary Rogozinski draws on her 30 years of experience in the passenger experience industry to strengthen SmartSky’s position in the in-flight connectivity market. Read more.


3 October 2016 — RGN Premium: SmartSky’s progress

John Walton interviews SmartSky Chairman and CEO Haynes Griffin in this premium content article in Runway Girl Network. Read more.


29 September 2016 — BlueSky News: SmartSky’s patented spectrum reuse radio technology receives FCC certification

Competition in the long-established air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity landscape in the United States has heated up over the past two days with announcements from startup SmartSky Networks and Gogo. Read more.


29 September 2016 — APEX: SmartSky Networks and Gogo Make Strides in Air-to-Ground Connectivity Landscape

Competition in the long-established air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity landscape in the United States has heated up over the past two days with announcements from startup SmartSky Networks and Gogo. Read more.


2 May 2016 — Aviation Week: Pentastar Joins SmartSky To Develop STCs For Gulfstream G450/G550 Aircraft

Pentastar Aviation has partnered with SmartSky Networks to develop STCs for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft and participate for hardware sales and installations on other corporate aircraft. Read more.


27 April 2016 — Corporate Jet Investor: Pentastar Aviation partners with SmartSky to develop STCs for G450 and G550

Pentastar Aviation is set to develop supplemental Type certificates (STCs) for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft as well as participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other corporate aircraft. Read more.


15 April 2016 — SDX Central: SmartSky Networks selects NFV solution from Brocade and VMware

SmartSky Networks has hired Brocade and VMware to help it build an air-to-ground broadband network, providing wireless airborne connectivity to private aircraft. Read more.


13 April 2016 — CIO India: SmartSky selects NFV solution from Brocade and VMware

SmartSky is deploying the Brocade Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) running on VMware vCloud NFV to implement a new network, connecting more than 250 cell sites. Read more.


12 April 2016 — TeleAnalysis: SmartSky Networks Selects NFV Solution From Brocade

SmartSky Networks is building cutting-edge air-to-ground broadband network using the companies’ interoperable and pre-certified network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions from Brocade. Read more.


12 April 2016 — Infotechlead: Brocade, VMware back SmartSky’s air-to-ground network

SmartSky Network is building an air-to-ground broadband network on Brocade’s Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) running on VMware vCloud network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions. Read more.


11 April 2016 — Market Wired: SmartSky Networks Selects Network Functions Virtualization Solution From Brocade and VMware for High-Speed, In-Flight Connectivity for Aviation Industry

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced SmartSky Networks is building a cutting-edge air-to-ground broadband network using the companies’ interoperable and pre-certified network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions. Read more.


7 April 2016 — Flightglobal: Interiors – SmartSky 4G promises ‘game-changing’ service

SmartSky Networks made its debut appearance at Hamburg’s annual Aircraft Interiors Expo this week to showcase its under-construction 4G broadband air-to-ground in-flight connectivity solution, which it believes will be a game changer in terms of speed and reliability. Read more.


1 April 2016 — Via Satellite: SmartSky Networks Looks to Conquer Business, Commercial ATG Market

In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) provider newcomer SmartSky Networks, a company that claims its Air-to-Ground (ATG) network is able to deliver more than 10 times competitor’s speeds, is taking the business aviation industry by storm. Read more.


31 March 2016 — RGN Premium: Let them eat layer cake

John Walton interviews SmartSky Chairman and CEO Haynes Griffin in this premium content article in Runway Girl Network. Read more.


30 March 2016 — AINOnline: SmartSky Networks Unveils Product, Service Pricing

SmartSky Networks, a new air-to-ground 4G LTE airborne connectivity platform that is scheduled to go live later this year, has published equipment and service pricing. “Early bird” customers will be able to begin using SmartSky in the fourth quarter, according to company president Ryan Stone. But they won’t be charged, he added, “until we have achieved sufficient continental U.S. coverage to deliver a 4G experience in most of the country [expected by mid-2017].” Read more.


29 March 2016 — Corporate Jet Investor: Clay Lacy Aviation partners with SmartSky

Clay Lacy Aviation is to partner with SmartSky for hardware sales and installations. The company will develop an STC for the 4G network on four Gulfstream models: the G200, G-IV, G-IVSP, and G-V. The company is an FAA Part 145 maintenance, repair and overhaul destination serving as an authorised dealer, installation and repair facility for a wide range of leading avionics and cabin entertainment products. Read more.


17 March 2016 — Aerospace Technology: Bombardier to provide SmartSky 4G LTE-based network on business jets

Bombardier Business Aircraft has partnered with SmartSky to provide SmartSky 4G LTE-based network on business jets, including Learjet, Challenger and Global, over the continental US. The carrier’s service centre network will install equipment of SmartSky 4G, which is a new network to be launched later this year. Read more.


15 March 2016 — Market Wired: Bombardier and SmartSky Networks Team Up to Offer Hardware Sales and Installation for SmartSky 4G Network

Bombardier Business Aircraft is pleased to announce that its Service Centre Network team will provide hardware sales and installations for SmartSky 4G, a new network taking flight later this year. SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto an aircraft, and by using 60 MHz of spectrum on an air-to-ground (ATG) platform, provides full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web. Passengers can do it all: stream, chat, text, call, game and videoconference. Read more.


15 March 2016 — Asia Travel Tips: Bombardier Aircraft to Feature SmartSky 4G Service

Bombardier’s Service Centre Network team is to provide hardware sales and installations for SmartSky 4G, a new network taking flight later this year. SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto an aircraft, and by using 60 MHz of spectrum on an air-to-ground (ATG) platform, provides full-throttle, unrestricted access to the internet. Read more.


15 March 2016 — Sonoran Weekly Review: Bombardier, SmartSky Networks to Offer Hardware Sales and Installation for SmartSky 4G Network

Bombardier Business Aircraft (BBD-B.TO) reports that its Service Centre Network team will provide hardware sales and installations for SmartSky 4G, a new network taking flight later this year. SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto an aircraft, and by using 60 MHz of spectrum on an air-to-ground (ATG) platform, provides full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web. Read more.


15 March 2016 — Skies Magazine: Bombardier and SmartSky Networks team up

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced that its Service Centre Network team will provide hardware sales and installations for SmartSky 4G, a new network taking flight later this year. Read more.


24 November 2015 — ViaSatellite: SmartSky Receptive to Partnering ATG with Satellite

SmartSky Networks, designer of a new 4G LTE Air-to-Ground (ATG) network for the aviation sector, is open to partnering with satellite companies to augment its future connectivity solution. Ryan Stone, president of SmartSky, told Via Satellite that the perception of needing to have “either/or” is a misnomer, and that where satellite can improve the network it could find a niche. Read more.


18 November 2015 — AINOnline: SmartSky Goes the Distance for Corporate Angel Network

SmartSky Networks has found a way to make those miles NBAA 2015 showgoers walk at the Las Vegas Convention Center good for more than burning calories. The company, which will beta-launch its SmartSky 4G air-to-ground network by the end of the year, created its 4 Gives More program to raise money for the Corporate Angel Network. Read more.


23 October 2015 — The PE Hub Network: Tiger, Meritage Funds and Platform Partners invest in SmartSky

An investor group led by Tiger Infrastructure Partners, Meritage Funds and Platform Partners has acquired a stake in SmartSky Networks LLC. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SmartSky is developing an 4G-LTE based, air-to-ground communications network. Read more.


7 July 2015 — Aviation Pros: Jet Aviation St. Louis Teams with SmartSky Networks to Install the Industry’s First Airborne 4G LTE-based Wireless Internet Network on the Global Express Platform

SmartSky Networks and Jet Aviation St. Louis have signed an agreement to certify and install the SmartSky 4G LTE-based Internet system on the Global Express platform. Read more.


8 May 2015 — OctaFinance: Smartsky Networks Just Had Published Form D Regarding $15.00 million Fundraising

Smartsky Networks, Llc, Limited Liability Company just had published form D announcing $15.00 million financing. Smartsky Networks was able to finance itself with $12.08 million. Read more.


21 November 2014 — Aviation Today: The Key to Connectivity: SmartSky Networks Partnerships, Technology Bolster Market Confidence

SmartSky Networks, the engineers of an up-and-coming aviation communications network, has announced SatCom Direct as the exclusive business aviation service provider for the network when it comes available in 2016. Read more.


21 October 2014 — Runway Girl Network: SmartSky plans to wage battle against Gogo and AT&T

A company that has been operating virtually in secret for the last three-and-a-half years emerged today at the NBAA convention in Orlando to announce it plans to take on Gogo and AT&T in the US air-to-ground (ATG) inflight connectivity space. Read more.


21 October 2014 — AINOnline: SmartSky 4G data service launching in 2016

SmartSky Networks is launching an airborne 4G LTE-based network, SmartSky, which will serve both business aviation and the airlines starting in 2016. According to the Melbourne, Fla.-based company, SmartSky will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently on the market by using 60 MHz of spectrum for its air-to-ground (ATG) data communications. Read more.