US-based charter, sales and aircraft maintenance services company, 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.
The Learjet 55 is the primary aircraft operated by Ventura Air.
“As a safety-driven, customer-focused service we’re eager to begin tapping into the benefits of SmartSky 4G LTE, so our role in the STC process is our way of accelerating that goal,” said CEO Nick Tarascio. “SmartSky delivers the high-performance in-flight connectivity demanded by both cockpit and cabin. It perfectly aligns with and supports our mission to deliver an industry-leading flight experience.”
“We appreciate partners like Ventura Air, who join us in the in-flight connectivity revolution,” said Ryan Stone, president, SmartSky Networks. “Full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web while flying means passengers can do it all – stream, chat, text call, video-conference, even game. The benefits to operations are equally compelling: optimised flight paths, fuel savings, engine and airframe monitoring, predictive maintenance and so much more. The future is here.”