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Clay Lacy becomes authorised dealer and installer for Starlink
The satellite-based internet solution is now available for leading business jet models from Clay Lacy’s East and West Coast MROs.
Eddy Diaz, avionics manager, Clay Lacy Aviation.
Read this story in our April 2024 printed issue.

Clay Lacy Aviation has agreed to become an authorised dealer and installer for Starlink, complementing its suite of MRO services at its repair stations in Los Angeles and Oxford, Connecticut. The satellite-based internet solution engineered by SpaceX enables inflight 4K video calls, streaming, online gaming and virtual private networks. Starlink is part of the largest satellite constellation, with over 4,700 satellites in low Earth orbit and constantly launching more.

Starlink is now entering the business aviation market and is expanding its list of certifications and supported aircraft. STCs are currently available with Clay Lacy for the Bombardier Global 6000, Express and XRS, and the Gulfstream G650/ER. Additional models are expected throughout the year including the Challenger 300/350, Global 5000/5500/6500/7500, Gulfstream G550/G450/GIV/GV and Embraer Legacy 600/650, Praetor and Phenom 300, among many others.

"We're proud to be able to add to our list of comprehensive avionics and communications maintenance and installation options," says avionics manager Eddy Diaz. "Starlink offers business aviation high-speed, global-coverage solutions that can transform the flight experience for passengers, as well as enhance the operations for crew members. We anticipate many aircraft owners will be eager to add this reliable connectivity technology."

Clay Lacy operates FAA Part 145 repair stations with experienced maintenance technicians and installation teams at its locations in Van Nuys and Waterbury-Oxford airports, serving New York and the US northeast. Its comprehensive in-house capabilities include airframe and engine maintenance, line maintenance, inspections, avionics and cabin entertainment, and interior upgrades and refurbishing. Its extensive AOG support and on-site parts inventory helps reduce downtime and costs for operators.

The private aviation services provider has extensive experience performing avionics installations and modifications on leading business models including Gulfstream, Dassault Falcon, Bombardier and Hawker aircraft. It is also an Embraer authorised service centre for the Phenom, Legacy and Praetor airframes.

The anticipated downtime for Starlink installation ranges from 15 to 25 days, depending on the aircraft model.

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