The first Gulfstream G250 super-midsize business jet had its Honeywell HTF7250G engines mounted on June 1 at Israel Aerospace Industries’ factory in Tel Aviv. The wing was mated to the fuselage on May 12, exactly one week after the first power-on test had taken place. The aircraft’s first flight is loosely pegged for “later this year,” while certification is scheduled for 2011.
The first Gulfstream G250 super midsize business jet had its Honeywell HTF7250G engines mounted on June 1 at Israel Aerospace Industries’ factory near Tel Aviv. The wing was mated to the fuselage on May 12, after the first power-on test had taken place on May 5. The aircraft’s first flight is loosely pegged for “later this year,” while certification is scheduled for 2011.
The FAA has proposed leveling a $1.3 million fine on Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Gulfstream International Airlines for improper scheduling of flight crew duty time and the installation of unapproved air conditioner compressors and improperly maintained vent blowers on the regional airline’s fleet of 27 Beech 1900Ds.
According to letters sent to the Texas Workforce Commission, Gulfstream Aerospace is laying off 219 Dallas-based employees. This comes on the heels of similar Warn letters sent earlier this month to the 70 employees of the General Dynamics Aviation Services (GDAS) facility in Minneapolis notifying them of its closure at the end of June.
Gulfstream Aerospace has reinstituted its “Meet the Quote” spare parts price-matching program, initially launched in March 2004, and operators have until July 31 to enjoy the savings. The program includes price matching on the most popular exchange parts, including valves, alternators, regulator and brake assemblies, actuators and display units. The offer is extended to operators of all Gulfstream jets.
The aerospace division at General Dynamics, which includes Gulfstream and Jet Aviation, “held its own” in the first quarter, parent company chairman and CEO Nicholas Chabraja said yesterday during an investor conference call. “A noteworthy accomplishment, I think, in light of business market conditions.” As a whole, first-quarter revenues at General Dynamics rose to $18.3 billion, up 18 percent from the same period last year.
Less than 40 days ago, General Dynamics chairman and CEO Nicholas Chabraja said subsidiary Gulfstream was seeing demand for large-cabin jets hold strong, though he acknowledged that sales of its midsize jets had “dramatically softened.” At the time, Chabraja predicted that Gulfstream would deliver 94 large-cabin jets (seven more than last year) but would more than halve midsize shipments to “about 30.” Today his expectations met the reality of
Gulfstream Aerospace recently launched BudgetPlus, a parts subscription service that offers mid-cabin Gulfstream owners and operators a way to manage their annual maintenance costs. The launch formalizes a pilot program Gulfstream introduced in 2005.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has approved Gulfstream’s factory-owned London Luton service center to maintain Gulfstream G150s registered with the EASA. This approval makes Gulfstream’s Luton facility capable of servicing all Gulfstream models in Europe.
Morro Vermelho Taxi Aereo (MVTA) in São Paulo, Brazil, has been added to Gulfstream Aerospace’s international product-support network. The Brazil-based company will distribute aircraft parts to Gulfstream operators located in or traveling through South America.