Aero Center Atlanta Joins SmartSky® Dealer Network

Aero Center Atlanta has become the latest addition to the SmartSky® dealer network, offering the fastest air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity for business aviation. As the crown jewel of Aero Centers' seven FBO locations across the U.S., Aero Center Atlanta now provides top-tier inflight Wi-Fi services through SmartSky’s advanced connectivity solutions. This partnership enhances Aero Center’s comprehensive management, charter, and FBO services, including Part 145 maintenance at its Atlanta location.

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Research Triangle, NC – May 30, 2024 – SmartSky, provider of the most advanced inflight air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity for business aviation, today announced that Aero Center Atlanta has joined the SmartSky dealer network as a sales and installation partner. With seven FBO locations across the U.S., Aero Centers is a full-service management, charter and FBO provider, which also offers Part 145 maintenance services – including connectivity upgrades for business aircraft – at the Atlanta location.

“Our growing, nationwide company is proud to strengthen our offerings with SmartSky next-generation inflight Wi-Fi,” said Dan Lane, Vice President of Technical Services for Aero Centers. “Aero Center Atlanta offers deep maintenance expertise with all sizes of aircraft. Because the SmartSky LITE™system is geared toward light jets and turboprops, it is a particularly strong asset for connecting this class of airframes that has not previously had a streaming-level solution. Our sales and installation teams are excited to offer the significant upgrades to passenger experiences delivered by SmartSky’s proven connectivity.”

Opened in 1965, Aero Center Atlanta is the “crown jewel” of its FBO portfolio and the only full-service, integrated FBO at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK). Offerings include full Part 145 maintenance services. Its top-of-the-line upgrades include SmartSky Flagship™ for mid- to large-cabin aircraft, along with the award-winning SmartSky LITE™, a 2024 Aviation Week Laureates award recipient, due to its ability to bring unprecedented inflight Wi-Fi performance to smaller business aircraft.

The Aero Center Atlanta Avionics Installation team at PDK

“Aero Centers is an ideal partner for SmartSky because of their commitment to providing premium customer experiences through their charter, management, FBO and maintenance operations. Their wide-ranging expertise and focus on expanding their capabilities and geographic reach have earned a stellar reputation in the industry which is now further strengthened by the ability to deliver SmartSky premium connectivity to customers,” said Aria Bahawdory, Director of MRO Account Management for SmartSky.

SmartSky’s roster of certified aircraft for the SmartSky Flagship™ and SmartSky LITE™ systems is growing; a list of SmartSky STCs, current and in progress, can be found at

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Jeremy Epperson

“Jeremy is a true world-class leader in the aviation community,” said S. Michael Scheeringa, co-founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy Management.

His life-long passion for the industry and history of developing both people and markets made Jeremy the first and natural choice to lead Aero Centers.

Epperson started his aviation career in the United States Marine Corps, where he developed his leadership and passion to serve. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego, and is a commercial pilot with P135 experience. He has demonstrated his affection for the business with successful FBO leadership roles at Signature and Republic. 

Aero Centers will bring a level of professionalism and experience back to aviation communities,” added Jeremy Epperson. “Our FBOs demonstrate to the industry we are committed to first-class facilities with knowledgeable and experienced local team members with a passion for aviation. I am very excited to lead the team responsible for developing full-service FBOs and delivering customer-centric service to all aviation customers in a community. I had a vision for bringing passion, fun, and expertise back into aviation communities, just like it was 30 years ago. Aero Centers’ focus on full-service FBOs brings the dream to reality.

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Sanjay Aggarwal

Aggarwal has over 25 years of experience in the aviation and hospitality industries. Aggarwal is a co-founder of SAR Trilogy Management. Previously until 2015, he was the CEO of Global Crew Logistics (GCL), a Miami-based travel management company specializing in the movements and accommodation of business aviation and cargo airlines’ flight crews. GCL doubled its EBITDA in a short two-year period under Aggarwal’s leadership. 

Between 2008 and 2013, Sanjay served as CEO of two commercial airlines in India – Spicejet (a private-equity-backed low-cost air carrier) and Kingfisher Airlines (a publicly listed full-service carrier). Under his leadership, Spicejet saw its first profitable year and increased its domestic market share from 7% to 12%. Prior to that, he served as COO of Flight Options LLC, one of the world’s largest operators of business jets. He and Scheeringa worked together to take Flight Options to profitability. 

Earlier, Sanjay worked in IT, strategy, financial planning and other roles at Marriott International and US Airways. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Nagpur University in India and his MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. 

Sanjay Aggarwal is a co-founder of SAR Trilogy Management


Scheeringa has almost 30 years of experience in general and commercial aviation as an operator and supplier. Scheeringa is a co-founder and managing director of SAR Trilogy Management, an aviation investment and management company. Before he founded SAR Trilogy in 2015, he was the President and CEO of BBA Aviation Flight Support, which comprised Signature Flight Support, the world’s leading FBO network, and ASIG, a leading operator of commercial aviation fueling services. Under his leadership, Signature grew from 85 to 124 global locations, almost doubled in revenue and tripled profit resulting in the company outperforming the market in 65 out of the last 72 months of Scheeringa’s tenure.

From 2004-2008, Scheeringa served as CEO of Flight Options LLC, one of the world’s largest operators of business jets. He was responsible for the turnaround of the business taking it from a negative 20% margin to a positive 5% margin. Prior to that he spent 13 years at US Airways in officer-level positions in network and operations planning and as the head of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries. 

Scheeringa received his BS in Transportation and Logistics Management from Arizona State University. Scheeringa was a board member of the Central Florida Expressway Authority. He is a Past Chairman of the National Air Transportation Association and a private pilot.

Michael Scheringa Founder of Aero Centers