SmartSky Networks (Booth 2626) arrived at NBAA 2016 with an app designed to disrupt: that is, by putting a smile on your face while helping raise money for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN, Booth 3929). CAN provides pro-bono corporate jet transportation for cancer patients in need of specialized treatment across the U.S. when seats are available. It has also earned the nation’s highest honor from the President of the United States–the Volunteer Action Award–for its service that helps as many as 225 cancer patients each month travel to treatment.
To help raise money for CAN, SmartSky’s 4 Gives More app, called Skye Pilot, is available for download from both the Apple App Store (skye-pilot) and Google Play (smartskynetworks.skyepilot). “We were overwhelmed with the response last year to our initial 4 Gives More program,” said SmartSky Networks president Ryan Stone. “We want to build on that success, continuing to raise money for Corporate Angel Network. Customers will find our app a fun way to assist the mission of a most-worthy cause.”
The SmartSky 4G network, which recently received FCC certification, is scheduled to begin service later this year. Nationwide coverage is planned for 2017. The company’s broadband connectivity system uses an air-to-ground platform that leverages 60 MHz of spectrum and patented 4G beamforming technology to deliver a secure signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network.