Gulfstream Aerospace is boosting the range potential of its G650 flagship with the launch of an ER extended-range version. At an EBACE press conference on May 19, Gulfstream president Larry Flynn said that the G650’s already lengthy range figure of 7,000 nm will grow to 7,500 nm at Mach 0.85, which will make it the longest-range business jet when it receives certification. Alternatively, the ER version can reach out a further 400 nm beyond the baseline G650 to fly 6,400 nm at Mach0.90.
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Gulfstream (Booth 5129) filed a patent this week for a new undercarriage arrangement that significantly reduces the amount of noise created when the aircraft flies with the landing gear deployed. As engines have become ever quieter, the aerodynamic noise created by disturbed airflow around the aircraft itself makes up an increasing proportion of the overall noise signature. In landing configuration one of the biggest culprits is the landing gear, and the nosewheel in particular.
There is good news and bad news for Rhineland Air Service (RAS), the Daher-Socata TBM distributor for Germany and Austria. The good news is that Badenwings, a corporate aircraft operator in Germany, stopped by Daher-Socata’s EBACE exhibit (Booth 6540) on Tuesday and unexpectedly signed for a new TBM 900. However, the aircraft that Badenwings will be taking–S/N 1005–was originally slotted to be delivered next week to RAS as a demonstration aircraft, so the distributor will now have to wait until later in the year to get another demo TBM 900.
Earlier this month SyberJet Aircraft broke ground on a new completion and delivery center that it is constructing in Cedar City, Utah for the SJ30 light jet. The 30,000-sq-ft facility is adjacent to the headquarters of SyberJet’s parent company, MSC Aerospace, and will serve as the focal point of customer engagement.
Opus Aeronautics is exhibiting a 2011 Falcon 7X on the EBACE static display that is for sale for $43.8 million. The aircraft has logged 660 hours, a modest flight time for a two-year-and-a-half old long-range business jet. The 7X has been on the market for just three weeks, the company said.
The Falcon 7X, registered M-INER, has had its cockpit upgraded to EASy II avionics and FANS capability. It is also equipped with a head-up display and enhanced vision system.
A Dassault Falcon 7X earlier this month set a speed record from New York Teterboro airport to London City (LCY) airport, cruising at Mach 0.88 for most of the 3,465-nm trip.
Gulfstream Aerospace has already signed purchase agreements for two or three G650ERs, Larry Flynn, president of the U.S. manufacturer (Booth 5129), told a small group of reporters during a breakfast flight in a Gulfstream G550 over the Alps yesterday morning. The company had announced the extended-range upgrade of the ultra-range, top-of-the-line G650 on Monday at EBACE 2014 in Geneva.
Having enjoyed spectacular success with the launch of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry in 2007, Brian Johnson moved to Appleby (Booth 4439) to help the legal services company and offshore specialist advise Jersey, in the Channel Islands near France, launch its own registry. Ironically, Johnson was recently thrown back into his old role as his replacement in the Isle of Man, Hartley Elder, took early retirement.
Tatiana Ojjeh is back at EBACE again adding a now customary touch of art to the show at the TAG Aviation chalet at EBACE. The hotly-anticipated theme this year is “Between Here and the Surface of the Moon” featuring a collaboration between Artliner and Patricia Low Contemporary (which has galleries in Gstaad and St. Moritz). The exhibition is named after a work by Darren Almond and includes paintings, sculpture and photographs by 14 established international and up-and-coming artists, and points to “physical travel and adventure.”
Gulfstream Aerospace has already signed purchase agreements for two or three G650ERs, president Larry Flynn told AIN today at EBACE. The company announced the $2 million extended-range option for its flagship G650 on Monday. “We’ve just scratched the surface of the G650 customer base,” he said, explaining that Gulfstream did not tell its customers about the upgrade before the announcement. He added that the Savannah, Ga.-based OEM also signed an agreement for a G450 with an Africa-based customer yesterday at the show.