Latin America’s business jet fleet has seen modest growth over the past 12 months, but it has still not achieved any substantial increase over the past decade. As of December 31 last year there were a total of 907 jet-powered business aircraft registered in 15 Latin American countries monitored by aviation consulting group Airclaims–up by slightly less than 5 percent from the 2003 total of 868.
Gulfstream is reportedly preparing a new model to succeed the G300, reliable industry sources have informed AIN. Expected to be introduced during the first quarter of this year (possibly late this month at the Singapore show), the new model would apparently take the place of the current G300 in Gulfstream’s production lineup.
In a landmark decision, the FAA has adopted a final rule allowing the use of HUD-based enhanced vision systems (EVS) for descent below published instrument approach minimums.
A new high-speed data system developed by Arinc Direct has cleared the final hurdles for certification in the Gulfstream V. Gulfstream claims that the product, called the Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) system, is the fastest business jet cabin data connection on the market, capable of achieving data transfer speeds of up to 3.5 Mbps.
Certification of the infrared enhanced vision system (EVS) for the Bombardier Global Express XRS–said to be “imminent” at press time–will close an important technology gap between Gulfstream and Bombardier, head-to-head competitors in the ultra-long-range business jet market.
The G150, which Gulfstream touts as the first wide-cabin, long-range, midsize business jet, rolled out January 18 in Tel Aviv in front of hundreds of Israel Aircraft Industries employees, officials from both companies, supplier representatives and certifying authorities.
The Gulfstream 500 received FAA type certification last month, and customer deliveries of the business jet are scheduled to start early this year. The G500, one of the eight Gulfstreams in the current model line, is a less expensive (approximately $37.5 million), shorter-range (5,800 nm nonstop) and less option-laden version of the $45-plus-million G550.
To meet upcoming production needs, Gulfstream has placed a $20 million order with Kollsman for an undisclosed number of enhanced vision systems (EVS).
Gulfstream delivered 113 green jets last year, 27 percent more than the 89 shipped in 2005 and exceeding by 12 the previous record of 101 deliveries set in 2001. Orders also increased by about 27 percent. According to year-end figures released yesterday by Gulfstream parent General Dynamics (GD), Gulfstream last year took orders for 159 aircraft compared to 124 in 2005.
Gulfstream’s Savannah Service Center has received approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department to perform maintenance on aircraft registered in Hong Kong. With the HKAR-145 certificate, the Gulfstream Savannah Service Center has the authority to work on Gulfstream G200s, G450s and G550s registered in Hong Kong. Currently, there are six Gulfstreams registered in Hong Kong–three G200s, one G450 and two G550s.