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.
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Gulfstream Aerospace completed installation of a Kollsman General Aviation Vision System (GAViS) on a Gulfstream IV. The head-down enhanced vision system is also available for the GV and GIII, Gulfstream said.
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.
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.
Gulfstream isn’t shy about saying that the new wide-cabin G650 will not forever be the upper echelon of the Savannah, Ga.-based company’s aircraft line. “We are already working on product development beyond the G250 and G650; that’s not the end of the line,” Jay Johnson, president and CEO of Gulfstream parent General Dynamics, said last month. Recent U.S.
Gulfstream is not shy about the fact that the new wide-cabin G650 may be the first of a new jet family for the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer. In fact, Jay Johnson, president and CEO of Gulfstream parent General Dynamics, said as much at the Morgan Stanley Global Industrials Conference held early last month: “We are already working on product development beyond the G250 and G650–that’s not the end of the line.”
Joe Lombardo became president of Gulfstream Aerospace on April 9, 2007. He also serves as executive vice president of the General Dynamics aerospace group and was Gulfstream’s chief operating officer before becoming president. Before joining Gulfstream in 1996 as vice president of co-production, he served in leadership roles at Douglas Aircraft.
Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries on October 6 rolled out the new Gulfstream G250 at IAI’s facility on Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, an event I was fortunate to attend. The G250 has its roots in the G200, which was formerly the Galaxy.
The FAA continued to investigate charges leveled at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Gulfstream International Airlines last month after proposing in May that the carrier pay a $1.3 million fine for duty-time violations and installing automotive air-conditioner compressors and improperly maintained vent blowers on its fleet of 27 Beech 1900Ds.