Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed Gerard Schkolnik as director of its supersonic technology programs. Among other projects, the former NASA engineer will work on sonic-boom suppression. Gulfstream has under study a proposed “quiet supersonic business jet.”
Under the terms of an agreement signed by Gulfstream Aerospace and FlightSafety International (FSI), FSI will provide systems training to Gulfstream techs working at any of the 14 authorized maintenance facilities (AMF). Gulfstream will provide AMFs 40 hours of FSI training for one technician per model category for which the facility is authorized.
When he announced first-quarter results, Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, said that new Gulfstreams will have “greater cabin comfort, as well as go farther and faster.” He would not elaborate, but the fact that the large-cabin Gulfstreams are behind competitors in cabin width sparks speculation that the next generation of aircraft from the Savannah OEM will have a wider cabin.
This year Gulfstream Aerospace is recognizing the 20th anniversary of its Long Beach, Calif. business jet interior completions and service facility at Daugherty Field. In March 1986, Gulfstream purchased the facility to absorb some of the aircraft interior completions work being done at its manufacturing headquarters in Savannah, Ga.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named the Dubai, UAE, Jet Aviation maintenance center an authorized warranty repair facility for large-cabin aircraft. The addition of the Dubai facility is a result of a new agreement signed recently by Gulfstream that also renews five of Jet Aviation’s business-jet maintenance centers: Basel and Geneva, Switzerland; Hannover, Germany; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Singapore.
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