Alto Aviation celebrates 20 years of business


In 2017, Alto Aviation marks its 20th anniversary as a supplier of custom cabin audio and entertainment systems for all aircraft platforms in business aviation. Alto Aviation was founded in 1997 in Massachusetts, USA. The dream of founders Don Hamilton and Steve Scarlata (pictured) was to wow each customer by providing the most powerful listening experience available at 40,000ft.

Over the past 20 years, Alto’s acoustical engineering team has delivered several new audio systems scalable to all aircraft sizes and helicopters, including the signature Alto nVelop digital surround sound system, an audio system designed to mitigate the harsh environment of the cabin while providing crystal-clear surround sound to every seat.

Today, Alto Aviation supplies a full line of loudspeakers, amplifiers, subwoofers, passenger controls and page/chime systems, with a focus on retrofit-friendly installations. The company’s systems are designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA and distributed worldwide.

“We have dedicated ourselves to listening to our customers and creating innovative products that exceed their expectations and add value to the services they provide,” said Hamilton. “The Alto Aviation team looks forward to the next 20 years of innovation and the continued opportunity to support all our customers in business aviation.”

February 6, 2017

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