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).
Gulfstream’s G650, the U.S. manufacturer’s largest, fastest flying jet, made its first transoceanic crossing to appear here at the EBACE show, having touched down at Geneva Airport on Saturday evening. Both the G650 and the super mid-size G280, which landed Saturday morning, are making their European debuts. They flew in from Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International. Gulfstream intends to apply for city-pair speed records from the U.S.
The formerly dominant North American market for large business jets is showing signs of regaining market share, according to U.S. manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace (Stand 7061).
Here at the EBACE show on Sunday, Gulfstream said 60 percent of its first-quarter sales came from the U.S. compared to 40 percent for international sales. Last year at this time, 70 percent of Gulfstream sales were outside the U.S.
Engine maker Rolls-Royce (Stand 348) plans to increase its global network of authorized service centers for corporate aircraft engines and strengthen its relationship with existing centers. The company is expected to announce the appointment of additional service centers here at EBACE this week.