When is a Gulfstream II or III not a Stage 2 aircraft? When it gets a Stage 3 hush kit. Last month, Miami-based Quiet Technology Aerospace delivered its 11th converted Gulfstream since its Stage 3 hush kit received certification a year ago this month. The latest two airplanes were GIIIs owned by charter operator C&S Aviation of Dallas.
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Demonstrating that Boeing and Airbus aren’t the only bitter rivals in the aerospace schoolyard, Bombardier yesterday issued a public challenge to Gulfstream by proposing the two commit to the idea of holding a race.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s maintenance manuals are not protected by copyright law, according to a September 27 decision by Savannah, Ga. U.S. District Court judge Avant Edenfield. Gulfstream had filed a petition for reconsideration after losing an earlier lawsuit against Camp Systems International, in which Gulfstream claimed that Camp was infringing on Gulfstream copyrights and trademarks.
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Gulfstream’s service center at London Luton Airport is one of 12 factory support facilities, but it is currently unique in being the only one on soil foreign to the Savannah, Ga.-based OEM. It is also one of the most recent additions to the stable, Gulfstream having acquired a lease on it from Signature in April 2003.
Factory product support for Gulfstream IIs and GIIIs will move out from beneath the wing of Gulfstream service centers and find itself under the umbrella of Delaware-based General Dynamics Aviation Services (GDAS) on January 1. General Dynamics is the parent company of Savannah, Ga.-based Gulfstream.
AIN’s annual product support report (scheduled this year for the August issue) can usually be counted on to generate an article or two downstream about how the low-ranking players say they are going about improving the way they take care of their customers after the sale.
Look for Arinc’s SkyLink high-speed-data satcom service to start showing up in a wider range of airplane types now that an exclusive agreement with Gulfstream is expiring. The company is said to be close to finalizing deals in the works with a number of OEMs and independent service centers, with the first three announced last month.
Gulfstream Aerospace has asked U.S. district court judge Avant Edenfield to reconsider his decision in a lawsuit brought by Gulfstream against Camp Systems International. The dispute centers on what Gulfstream asserts is Camp’s unauthorized use of the OEM’s maintenance manuals. Gulfstream sought damages for copyright and trademark infringement and an injunction to prevent Camp from continuing to use Gulfstream’s manuals.
Gulfstream’s newly outfitted G150 officially entered service last month in Dallas, coming in with longer legs and lower weight than the company had originally projected. In addition, the aircraft’s required balanced field length has been reduced by 830 feet from the initial estimate.
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