Gulfstream Aerospace has announced a $500 million, seven-year facility expansion plan at its Savannah headquarters. The project includes building new facilities and renovating several existing facilities, as well as expanding office and lab facilities at the Gulfstream Research Development Center in Savannah’s Crossroads Business Park.
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 1227 and 1327) is marking a year of advances at NBAA, capped by the recent completion of construction of the first Gulfstream G650 flight simulator.
Gulfstream II, Seattle, Wa., April 8, 2010–The twinjet sustained structural damage to its left wing when it collided with a fuel truck while taxiing to the runway for a
Part 91 flight at Boeing Field/King County International Airport. VMC prevailed at
Earlier this week at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter announced the joint development of a new high-capacity unmanned helicopter. Known as Fire-X, the machine is initially aimed at a U.S. Navy requirement for a medium-range unmanned air system that is expected to be announced next year. It has applications in several roles, including ISR and battlefield supply duties.
Switzerland’s Altenrhein Aviation (Booth No. 671) managed to keep up income levels during 2009, in good part due to growth in the support work it is now doing for Gulfstream’s midsize jets. The St.
Antilles Seaplanes has experienced problems with its plans to resurrect the Grumman G-21 Goose. The Graham, N.C. company is still working on the program, according to a company spokesman. “We’re like a lot of industries in this economy,” he told AIN.
Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is currently undergoing carrier compatibility tests at the U.S. Navy’s Patuxent River dummy-deck facility in Maryland before its first venture to sea. Initial carrier trials are to begin in the first half of next year, the exact schedule depending on carrier availability. Here at the Dubai Airshow an operational U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye 2000 from the U.S.S. Nimitz is on display in the static area.
The Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout, a vertical takeoff unmanned air system (VTUAS), began its first operational deployment with the U.S. Navy last month. Two vehicles are currently embarked on the guided-missile frigate U.S.S. McInerney (FFG 8) for a six-month cruise operating alongside a Sikorsky SH-60B on counter-drug operations in the eastern Pacific. Compatibility trials with the frigate got under way last December.
Gulfstream Aerospace has recently added two representatives to its field service organization. Mohammed Alghanim will assist customers in the Middle East, while David Perez supports customers in northern Africa and southern Europe.
The Republic of Mauritius has awarded Gulfstream Aerospace’s Savannah service center approved maintenance organization (AMO) status. It is the first U.S. AMO approved by the island nation. The designation means that any Gulfstream IV or V registered under the Mauritius Department of Civil Aviation can use the Gulfstream Savannah service center for maintenance, inspection and modification.