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NBAA: Pentastar completes first SmartSky 4G LTE install

Michigan-based aircraft service provider Pentastar Aviation has completed the first installation of SmartSky Networks' 4G LTE in-flight connectivity system in a business jet.

Pentastar installed the system on a GulfStream G550. The company developed certification standards for installations of SmartSky's system on Gulfstream IV- and V-family aircraft, it says.

SmartSky's 4G LTE system provides "the fastest, most secure and most affordable" in-flight connectivity system available, says Pentastar in a media release.

The system has sufficient speed – and sufficiently low latency – to allow users to access virtual private networks (VPN), download large attachments, make video calls and access corporate clouds.

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