The list of SmartSky 4G network distribution partners continues to grow. Chicago Jet Group will serve as an authorized dealer for hardware sales and installation of SmartSky’s innovative technology. Chicago Jet Group will sell and install SmartSky equipment across many business jet models using STC licenses obtained from SmartSky’s earliest distribution partners.
“Business aviation operators’ needs have changed,” says Chicago Jet Group Director of Operations Mike Mitera. “Customers demand the Wi-Fi that gives them full access to their office in the sky. SmartSky’s technology is answering this challenge like no one else.”
The SmartSky 4G network is scheduled to take flight later this year, with its rollout achieving nationwide coverage in 2017. The Company’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a secure signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network, ensuring high performance regardless of network loading. Its broadband connectivity system will provide service over the continental United States using an ATG platform that leverages 60 MHz of spectrum, 20 times more than the incumbent, to open up full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web.
“Chicago Jet Group brings years of experience in aircraft installation and modification. The partnerships it has formed speak to a level of excellence its technicians bring in technology adoption,” says SmartSky Networks’ Vice President, Business Aviation, Alan Goodnight. “The group’s Chicago and New York locations will offer excellent access points for customers to discover the benefits of SmartSky 4G – namely the industry-best connectivity solution for the business aviation customer.”
SmartSky 4G with beamforming stands apart as the only in-flight network capable of offering services where bidirectional high bandwidth and low latency are essential. This includes the use of two-way, live- streaming video or in support of advanced applications specifically designed to take advantage of this capability. These advanced applications can be identified by the SmartSky Select program label and will be promoted on the SmartSky Select AppHub.
SD (formerly known as 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://smartskynetworks.com/earlybird2016/.
SmartSky Networks, LLC, 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 CHICAGO JET GROUP
Chicago Jet Group operates an FAA-certified Class 4 Part 145 repair station, offering a complete range of services from routine maintenance inspections to major airframe alterations and repairs. Its experienced aircraft modification technicians operate at three EASA repair facility locations in Chicago, Ill., Atlanta, Ga., and Islip, N.Y. www.chicagojetgroup.com