For more than 20 years, Burnett has been designing and supervising the development of both urban and rural wireless networks as a senior-level executive. His experience has brought a wealth of knowledge to Viaero, and he’s been at the helm of managing Viaero’s network
and its operations teams since 2004.
Burnett designed one of the nation’s largest high-bandwidth microwave networks – and the construction of a PCS network consisting of more than 360 telecommunications towers. Structures also included two major switching centers, a network operations center and other related facilities. With Viaero’s consistent growth, he has also been developing the networking and construction of new towers – 600 and counting.
Prior to his time at Viaero, Burnett designed a breakthrough network for the aviation industry. At AirCell, Inc., (a company that specializes in airborne voice and data services utilizing AMPS and CDMA technology), he developed, designed and implemented the world’s first air-to-ground data network. Serving in the aviation department, he managed product flight tests, and managed licensing issues with the FCC. During his tenure at AirCell, Burnett helped expand the company’s reach from 30 to 142 cell sites.
Burnett’s insights come from years of experience operating a wide range telecommunications platforms ranging from traditional telephone service to Global System for Mobile (GSM), EDGE, UMTS, CDMA and TDMA platforms. He also has deep knowledge and experience with all major vendors’ switching and radio frequency (RF) equipment.
He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1979. Burnett holds an FCC General Class License and is a NARTE Engineer Second Class with Master Endorsement. Throughout, he has continuously learned about new networking equipment and technologies. Courses and technical training he continues to focus on include some of today’s most advanced networking and communications technologies: Lucent 5ESS, Autoplex Series 2, Nortel, Motorola, LCC, Farinon, Avantek, Alcatel, Nokia UltraSite, Lenkurt, Western Electric, Southwest Bell, GTE Transmission Engineering.
Burnett is an avid pilot, holding an FAA airline Transport Pilot Certificate and First Class Medical certification.