Gulfstream Aerospace this morning unveiled the G250 to succeed the G200 (née Galaxy), which was the first super-midsize business jet to enter service–back in January 2000. This marks the second new aircraft launch this year for the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer, following the official go-ahead for the ultra-large-cabin G650 in March.
Gulfstream Aerospace is demonstrating its second-generation enhanced-vision system (EVS II) on its G150 experimental flight-test aircraft here at the NBAA Convention.
Gulfstream Aerospace last month celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Grumman Gulfstream I turboprop twin. According to the Savannah, Ga.-based company, the GI “laid the foundation for the future family of Gulfstream aircraft.” It received FAA certification on May 21, 1959, and was in production for 10 years. Grumman built 200 GIs, and about one-third of them are still in service, Gulfstream said.
Gulfstream has received some highly publicized orders for the G650, including a letter of intent (LOI) from Abu Dhabi-based Prestige Jet to purchase five aircraft. Gulfstream has not stated publicly how many orders it holds for the airplane, but the most recent earnings report from its parent company, General Dynamics, provides some data from which inferences can be drawn.
Two weeks before Gulfstream Aerospace unveiled the G650 on March 13, a JP Morgan analyst report said the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer would launch two new aircraft models this year. It now appears that the launch of this second new Gulfstream–the G250, a successor to the super-midsize G200–is nearing and could possibly come at the NBAA Convention in October.
Quiet Technology Aerospace has named Garrett Aviation Services as the preferred installation center for its Stage 3 hush-kit for Gulfstream IIs, IIBs and IIIs. Installations are also available from QTA’s own facilities in Miami and hush-kit development partner Business Jet Center in Tulsa, Okla. According to Garrett, the kit can be installed at its locations in Los Angeles and New York in less than 10 days at a price of $1.65 million.
Gulfstream this month logged its 10,000th downlink via its PlaneConnect maintenance datalink system. There are about 135 large-cabin Gulfstreams using PlaneConnect, according to Gulfstream.
Three people were injured–one critically–during an explosion on July 2 at the Gulfstream Aerospace plant in Savannah, Ga. According to the company, two contractors were performing leak tests on oxygen bottles inside a building when a flash fire occurred. A Gulfstream employee who tried to help the two men also suffered burns.
In the five years since Gulfstream established its maintenance center at London Luton, the facility has grown from 28,000 to 56,000 sq ft. It is the only Gulfstream-owned service center to be operated outside the U.S. The MRO became the first FAA-certified aircraft maintenance center outside the U.S. to be awarded the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Certificate of Excellence.
Gulfstream Aerospace parent General Dynamics late last month reported a 25-percent increase in profits during the second quarter, thanks in large part to climbing sales of Gulfstream business jets. The company posted a second-quarter profit of $641 million, up from $513 million in the same period a year ago, on sales of $7.3 billion.