Inflight air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity provider SmartSky Networks announced that an STC is now complete for the installation of SmartSky hardware on the Cessna Citation X series.
With more than 300 aircraft in operation, the Citation X series joins a growing list of aircraft types that have already been granted STCs for SmartSky’s patented ATG connectivity service.
FlyExclusive, the fourth-largest private jet fleet operator globally, performed the installation at its facilities in Kinston, North Carolina. With the hardware installed, the Citation X aircraft made its inaugural flights using SmartSky’s ATG network in June 2022 and the FAA STC was issued on 12 August 2022.
“It has been a pleasure partnering with flyExclusive to welcome the Citation X to the ever-growing roster of aircraft that have received STC approval,” said Dave Helfgott, CEO, SmartSky Networks. “We aim to make high-performance, reliable inflight connectivity available for everyone in business aviation and this successful certification with a key customer is an important step towards achieving that goal.”
The Citation X certification comes hot on the heels of SmartSky’s announcement in July 2022 that its ATG connectivity is now available nationwide for aircraft flying on routes across continental USA.
SmartSky has previously been awarded STCs for many popular business aircraft, including aircraft from manufacturers including Textron Aviation, Gulfstream Aerospace, Bombardier and Embraer. Additional STCs are in progress.