New SmartSky sales and installation provider


Western Jet Aviation has been announced as a sales and installation provider for SmartSky Networks shipsets, at Western Jet Aviation’s site in California. SmartSky Networks is an air-to-ground (ATG) inflight connectivity provider.

Western Jet Aviation plans to sell and install SmartSky’s flagship equipment, including aircraft antennas and Aircraft Base Radios (ABRs). Combined with STCs that are already available for Gulfstream type aircraft, Western Jet Aviation will provide hardware and installation.

“Our core values commit us to continually seek innovative, leading-edge solutions that create a level of service that is extraordinary and inspires our clients,” said Jim Hansen, CEO and founder of Western Jet Aviation. “With innovative hardware and unmatched network performance, SmartSky’s enhanced connectivity service will help us meet that commitment and delight our customers.”

“Western Jet Aviation joins SmartSky at an opportune time,” said Aria Bahawdory, director of MRO account management for SmartSky Networks. “Their expertise with Gulfstream aircraft, coupled with available STCs and full CONUS coverage for flight hours next quarter, will provide Gulfstream owners and operators with an inflight connectivity solution that meets the needs of cabin, crew and operators alike.”

SmartSky’s products and services are available through a growing network of installation partners and value-added-resellers (VARs). The three interrelated offerings include the next-generation ATG network, antennas and ABRs, and a digital platform and application-layer, Skytelligence.

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