The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) began a month-long test last week aimed at better predicting when and where thunderstorms might tear their way across Colorado’s Front Range and adjacent Great Plains region. The research uses high-altitude aircraft to improve storm lead times, especially in the crucial six- to 24-hour window before storm formation.
Gulfstream senior vice president of programs, engineering and test Preston Henne will retire, effective March 31. Henne, who turned 65 last year, joined Gulfstream in 1994 and has since led the teams responsible for the design, development, test and certification of the Gulfstream V, G550 and flagship G650, among others. Dan Nale, Gulfstream’s vice president of advanced aircraft programs, will take over Henne’s position on April 1. Nale is a 10-year Gulfstream veteran who has overseen development of various next-generation aircraft at the company.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Brian Schank head of the East Coast sales team and Darwin Stout head of the West Coast team. Schank, a 24-year Gulfstream veteran, was most recently director for business and program support, product support sales. Stout, who is in his 17th year with Gulfstream, was most recently a West Coast-based national sales manager for product support sales. He has also been a Southwest-based regional sales manager.
Stevens Aviation has added the Gulfstream III, IV and IV-SP to its Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., maintenance capabilities. The program is being led by Gulfstream veteran Rick Screen, who held management positions within Gulfstream Aerospace and West Star Aviation before joining Stevens Aviation as its Gulfstream program manager. The MRO offers Gulfstream inspections and maintenance, structural repairs, avionics, interior refurbishment and has a 24/7 mobile maintenance team.
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.
To celebrate its 40 years of publication service, AIN was invited to Savannah on Thursday for a special event hosted by the senior management of Gulfstream Aerospace.
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.
Nearly 15 years after entering service, the ultra-long-range Gulfstream V has surpassed one million flight hours. According to Gulfstream Aerospace, the 193 in-service GVs have collectively completed more than 458,000 takeoffs and landings, with the fleet leader logging more than 16,100 flight hours and more than 7,400 landings. Within a few months of the GV’s first delivery in June 1997, its development team received the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy award.
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.