Gulfstream Aerospace has received type certificate validation from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand for the Gulfstream G500 and G550, allowing operators to register these business jet types in that country. The two aircraft join the large-cabin GIV, GIV-SP, G400 and G300, all of which New Zealand approved for registration in 2003.
Gulfstream Aerospace this week celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first flight of the Gulfstream IV, which the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer said is “the best-selling” large-cabin, long-range business jet in the world. On Sept. 19, 1985, three months ahead of schedule, the aircraft took off from Savannah (Ga.) International Airport, just eight days after it was rolled out at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Savannah.
“There’s a fair amount of caution out there, but we're seeing steady activity at our aerospace division, which consists of Gulfstream and Jet Aviation,” Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream and Jet Aviation parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday at the Morgan Stanley Global Industrials Unplugged Conference. Backlog for current-production large-cabin Gulfstreams is “about where we want to be” at 18 months, he noted.
“We’re seeing a gradual improvement in the business jet market,” Jay Johnson, the chairman and CEO of Gulfstream and Jet Aviation parent General Dynamics, noted yesterday during the company’s second-quarter financial conference.
Deer Jet, China’s largest business-jet charter operator, has been named by Gulfstream Aerospace to support the OEM’s growing fleet of Gulfstreams in China. Beijing-based Deer Jet owns three G550s, two GVs, four GIVs and four G200s.
Gulfstream Aerospace and sister company Jet Aviation “will return to growth this year,” according to Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics. Speaking at the Sanford C.
Opera Aircraft Sales has become a sales agent for Gulfstream business aircraft in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. The company, which is based in the Slovak capital Bratislava, is part of the same group as charter operator OperaJet, which operates two Cessna Citation CJ3s, a CJ2, a CJ and a Mustang. It is due to add a Dassault Falcon 2000 this month.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently added a representative to its field service organization. Jenson Saw will assist Gulfstream customers in Beijing, China, and surrounding areas.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named industry veteran Jeff Miller to the newly created position of vice president of communications. Miller comes to Gulfstream from Dallas, where he spent nine years as CEO of advertising and public relations firm Blake-Miller Communications. He previously held communications roles at Galaxy Aerospace, Learjet and Piaggio Aviation.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Florian “Flo” Thiele senior regional sales manager, product support sales, for parts of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Thiele reports to Jeff Hill, director of international product support sales.