The copilot and flight attendant who were detained in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) along with a Gulfstream V have been freed and have returned to the U.S., according to a source close to the flight crew. The pilot and passengers have flown to Kinshasa, DRC.
More details are emerging about the Gulfstream V seizure in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on February 4. After taking on cargo, the flight crew of the chartered jet was preparing to depart from Goma when an armored personnel carrier stopped next to them.
A Gulfstream V managed by New York City-based Arcadia Aviation was seized last week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the flight crew and passengers are being held by authorities, according to news reports. The jet, N886DT, is registered to Southlake Aviation of Irving, Texas. The reports mention large amounts of cash being used to buy gold, but thus far no official information on the situation has been released.
The Gulfstream G350 and G450 received Transport Canada approval to operate at their maximum cruise altitude of 45,000 feet. Transport Canada normally restricts flight to below 41,000 feet unless special conditions are met to ensure against rapid cabin depressurization. To achieve this Gulfstream added its automatic emergency descent mode (AEDM) feature to the two jets.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced ambitious plans last month for a $500 million, seven-year expansion project at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters “to ensure that the company is well positioned to meet future demand for business jets and support services.” To facilitate the new development, the aircraft manufacturer entered into a 50-year lease with the Savannah Airport Commission to build additional facilities on 159 acres of airport land.
Jet Aviation has launched its Jet Response mobile maintenance service program, which dedicates two maintenance truck teams in the Northeast U.S. that can be dispatched from locations in the Boston/Bedford and Teterboro areas when a client calls 1-877-Jet Help. “The trucks are outfitted with work benches, general tools and consumable supplies such as oil, hydraulic fluid, oxygen and nitrogen.
Gulfstream Aerospace has announced a $500 million, seven-year facility expansion plan at its Savannah headquarters. The project includes building new facilities and renovating several existing facilities, as well as expanding office and lab facilities at the Gulfstream Research Development Center in Savannah’s Crossroads Business Park.
Van Nuys, Calif.-based Clay Lacy Aviation (Booth No. 2027) added eight business jets to its managed fleet in the first three quarters of this year, including a Falcon 2000, Hawker 800, Gulfstream V and Gulfstream 450, two Gulfstream IVs and two Gulfstream 550s. In addition, the company has reported a 22-percent increase in charter hours and a 13-percent jump in total flight hours from the same period last year.
Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth No. 2043) has been able to “proactively manage our business to respond to market realities,” said company president Joe Lombardo. “When you consider today’s market realities, we’re doing relatively well.”
Gulfstream Aerospace completed installation of a Kollsman General Aviation Vision System (GAViS) on a Gulfstream IV. The head-down enhanced vision system is also available for the GV and GIII, Gulfstream said.