Clay Lacy Aviation Completes First Five Starlink Installations

July 9, 2024
Satellite-based internet solution installed on Gulfstream and Global Jets at Connecticut and California repair stations.

Clay Lacy Aviation has expanded its capabilities in its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services completing its first five installations of Starlink. Expert maintenance technicians at Clay Lacy’s Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC) and Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) FAA Part 145 Repair Stations completed the work on three Gulfstream G550s, a G650ER, and a Bombardier Global 6000.

Starlink Aero Terminal installed on Gulfstream

The work comes just months after Clay Lacy became one of the first authorized dealers and installers for the satellite-based internet solution that enables inflight 4K video calls, streaming, online gaming, and virtual private networks. The first installations have averaged three weeks and have been paired with additional inspections and upgrades to best optimize the downtime of the aircraft.

“There has been high demand for this transformative, connectivity technology,” said Edward Diaz, Avionics Operations & Sales Manager for Clay Lacy Aviation. “Our team is moving quickly to provide low-downtime, expertly completed installations so that owners and operators can get the most out of their aircraft. Starlink will enhance operations for crew members, as well as provide a better flight experience for travelers.”

Additional aircraft coming online

Clay Lacy Aviation also performs supplemental type certificate (STC) installs on the Gulfstream G450 and GV, the Bombardier Global 6500/7500, Express and XRS. Additional models are expected throughout the year including the Challenger 300/350, Global 5000, Gulfstream GIV, Embraer Legacy 600/650, Praetor, and Phenom 300, among many others.With over 4,700 satellites in orbit, the Starlink constellation covers land, oceans, and polar regions providing global coverage.