The FAA has awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval to SmartSky Networks’ radio and antenna manufacturers, which allows full-rate production of the SmartSky 4G LTE aircraft system and “catalyzing STC projects on numerous popular business aircraft,” it said. Avidyne secured a PMA for production of the airborne radio. And AeroAntenna received PMS for its aircraft antennas. The company’s expansion of its network is on track to support a launch of nationwide service in 2018. ...

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