Enormous banners that hung from the façade of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando last month proclaimed the NBAA Convention offered “A year’s worth of business in just three days.” It certainly felt that way.
Gulfstream has received a third STC for installation of high-speed Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) data systems, this time in the ultra-long-range G550/G500. The approval opens the door for installations of equipment used for connecting laptop computers and other Web-enabled devices with the Arinc SkyLink and Direct broadband satellite data service.
Bombardier has received FAA, Transport Canada and European certification for the enhanced-vision system (EVS) developed for its Global line of business jets, making the Canadian company the second business jet builder to have gained such approval after Gulfstream did it in 2001.
In a bid to bring the functionality of its larger siblings to the G150 midsize jet, Gulfstream announced that it is adding pilot and copilot cursor control devices (CCDs) to the airplane’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system. The CCD for the G150 will be nearly identical to the controllers in the G550, G500, G450 and G350, mounted in roughly the same locations as those models on the cockpit sidewalls.
The number of business jets registered in Middle Eastern countries has grown by about one-fifth over the past 10 years. By the standards of other still-emerging markets such as Europe (which had 45-percent growth during the same period), the Middle East’s 18-percent fleet growth is not exactly earth-shattering.
Gulfstream’s results for the first nine months of this year show double-digit improvements in net sales and operating earnings, as well as an increase in backlog and a marked jump in aircraft deliveries, compared with the same period last year.
Averitable order bonanza totaling an estimated $420 million, a new attendance record (7,667) and some industry surprises were the highlights of the fifth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, held May 18 to 20 in Geneva. But the decidedly upbeat event lacked announcements of clean-sheet, new aircraft designs.
Gulfstream is on its way to establishing an in-house record of sorts. The Savannah, Ga. OEM expects to exceed 2,000 flight-test hours this year, nearly four times the 542 hours logged in 2001 for early testing of the G550. The company said that this year a fleet of up to 12 aircraft has already passed the 1,600-hour mark conducting flight tests for four Gulfstream models–the G550/G500 and the G450/350–being developed simultaneously.
Gulfstream Aerospace on August 12 received FAA type certification for its new long-range G450. With this certification, Gulfstream remains on schedule to begin customer deliveries of completed G450s in the second quarter of next year.
Securaplane Technologies has received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) on its XL249 emergency battery system forinstallation on the Gulfstream V.Securaplane developed the XL249 emergency battery for GV production and it is now the standard production battery on the Gulfstream G350, G450, G500 and the G550.