Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 227) is back at the EBACE show looking to add to its base of foreign customers who already account for about 15 percent of the U.S. group’s business. “The services we provide include large multi-shop work scopes where we are able to offer very efficient turn times, as well as more specific accessory and engine repair work or parts sales,” Duncan president Aaron Hilkemann told EBACE Convention News.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently completed its 2,000th airborne product support flight, achieving the milestone seven years after introducing the on-demand maintenance service in May 2002.
Bucking the current economic tide, Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation parent company General Dynamics yesterday posted strong revenues and profits for 2008, thanks in no small part to its aerospace division. Overall the company posted $29.3 billion in revenues and $2.48 billion in profits last year, up from $27.2 billion and $2.1 billion in the respective previous periods.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved Gulfstream’s London Luton Service Center to perform maintenance on EASA-registered Gulfstream G150s.
The amended certificate means the maintenance facility can now provide comprehensive service for the Gulfstream G550, G500, G450, G350, G200, G150, G400 and G300 as well as the GV, GIV-SP, GIV, GIII and GII.
UBS Investment Research’s recently issued business jet update indicates that flight activity, measured by takeoffs and landings, was 10 percent lower in November on a rolling 12-month basis and down 11 percent year-to-date. According to UBS analyst David Strauss, the decline has been led by reduced charter activity, which dipped 15 percent in November, while all other business jet activity fell 9 percent.
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.
Metrojet has added the G100/G150 to its capabilities list as a Gulfstream-authorized warranty repair facility.
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.
Gulfstream has formally launched the BudgetPlus service, offering cost-assured parts provision for owners of the Astra, G100, G150 and G200. The company had been running the service as a pilot program to test an hourly-cost parts subscription service for owners of its mid-cabin jets who want predictable annual maintenance costs. BudgetPlus customers pay a flat hourly fee, which covers exchange and consumable parts.
Despite facing the gravest economic slowdown in decades, officials for Gulfstream Aerospace (Chalet No. 24) say they remain optimistic about the long-term health of business aviation and point to the Middle East market as an enduring bright spot.