Gulfstream Aerospace recently delivered the 600th Gulfstream jet equipped with the PlaneView cockpit, nine years after the flight deck entered service. The milestone aircraft was the 362nd G550 to be delivered. In addition, Gulfstream has installed more than 250 synthetic vision systems and enhanced navigation systems. Meanwhile, the company is in the last phases of certifying PlaneView II, the “advanced” flight deck that will make its debut on the Gulfstream G650, which is expected to enter service later this quarter.
With sales of $1.6 billion, up 16 percent from the same period last year, General Dynamics’ aerospace group was a bright spot in the company’s second-quarter 2012 financial report, released yesterday morning.
Embraer Executive Jets named Jay Beever as vice president for interior design at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Beever has extensive experience in high-end luxury interior work in the business aviation and automotive industries. Previously, he worked as an interior design manager for the G650, G450 and G550 in the new-product development department at Gulfstream. He was also responsible for overseeing the design and construction of a new design studio for the company. Before that he developed several design enhancements for automobiles at Ford.
FlightSafety International (FSI) continues to expand its training center here at Farnborough Airport. In a visit to the site ahead of this week’s Farnborough International Airshow, AIN was able to sample its capabilities in training using the latest equipment and simulators–mainly focused on business aircraft, although the company as a whole trains for airlines as well.
Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Dallas Airmotive for the MRO company to provide mobile repair support services for the BR710 series of turbofan engines. It claims to be the only independent engine service company to have the approval. Dallas Airmotive will offer on-site engine borescoping, troubleshooting, accessory replacement and engine removal and reinstallation.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has again been named a Rolls-Royce authorized service center for the BR710 turbofan. A spokesperson for the company said, “The BR710 powers a lot of our bread-and-butter aircraft here, so it’s advantageous to our clients for us to have that authority.” The BR710 powers the Gulfstream V/V-SP, G500 and G550 and the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS and Global 5000.
Global businesses need global travel solutions. For many international business travelers that solution is an extra-long-range business jet.
Several examples of such jets are on display here at EBACE, as mockup or real aircraft. Imagine walking up the airstair, stepping inside, sitting down in the cabin and thinking what it would be like to be on this airplane for 12 or 13 hours. You might wonder, “Could I sleep in this seat? Will there be a flight attendant? How many other passengers would there be? Do companies really fly this jet to its maximum range?”
Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Team (Fast) pilots Marilyn Whicker and Ademar Calligaro recently completed airborne mission number 3,000, ten years after Gulfstream launched the first-of-its-kind airborne maintenance and support service in May 2002.The flight departed Savannah to deliver an APU fuel control unit to a G550 at its home base on Southwest Regional Airport in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Athens-based VIP charter operator GainJet Aviation (Stand 1265) announced here at EBACE the recent addition of a Gulfstream G550 to its growing fleet of long-range jets. The fleet includes a VIP Boeing 757 BBJ executive airliner, Bombardier Global Express XRS and a Gulfstream G450, based throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Large infrastructure investments by Oxford Airport’s private owners have paid off with the London-area airport now claiming a spot as the UK’s fifth busiest business aviation airport. As of last month, year-to-date traffic growth at Oxford was 12.2 percent, which, according to business development director James Dillon-Godfray, was markedly ahead of the flat or declining situation at other UK airports (see box).