Gulfstream has installed the first production enhanced vision system (EVS) on an in-service U.S. Air Force C-37A (the military version of the Gulfstream V).
Gulfstream rolled out the first fully conforming GV-SP in a ceremony for employees on June 19. Soon after the airplane (S/N 5001) was turned over from production to flight operations to be prepared for its first flight, expected by the middle of this month. The first test aircraft, which took its maiden flight on August 31 last year, is a modified GV that replicates the 6,750-nm (NBAA IFR, eight pax, four crew) GV-SP.
Kollsman, the company that invented the first sensitive barometric altimeter in 1928 and the first enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Gulfstream V in 2001, received a big gift on its 75th birthday. The company announced last month that it received an order from FedEx for its all-weather window EVS. The order represents the first EVS destined for the commercial air transport market.
The General Administration of the Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) has awarded type certification to Gulfstream Aerospace for five of its business jet models–the Gulfstream GV, G350, G450, G500 and G550. The TC allows the registration and operation of all those models within China.
Borrowing a page from the commercial airline industry, Gulfstream has developed a flight data monitoring/flight operations quality assurance (FDM/FOQA) program to enhance flight safety.
For the airlines, FDM/FOQA analysis has resulted in significant reductions in the number of unstable approaches, while improving compliance with the pilots’ standard operating procedures.
Since receiving FAA certification in December 1996, some 168 GVs have gone into service, 13 of them in Europe, but it wasn’t until October 31 last year that the Gulfstream V received its stamp of approval from the JAA. In a letter
Gulfstream announced that it has received an STC for the installation of its Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) high-speed Internet connection, giving buyers another choice for airborne access to the Web.
To survive in a business as highly competitive as air charter, you must constantly change and reinvent yourself. So goes the conventional wisdom and, indeed, many of the oldest charter companies in the U.S. now tout products that didn’t even exist when they began operation. Some sell so-called “jet cards.” Others have merged or been swallowed by bigger firms.
A mockup of Gulfstream’s new GV-SP will debut at the NBAA Convention later this month in New Orleans. The mockup, being built by McKinney Aerospace in McKinney, Texas, will feature a complete interior and cockpit, including the Honeywell PlaneView avionics suite. The GV-SP test aircraft rolled out August 8, with the start of flight tests scheduled in the fourth quarter. U.S.
• The Hellenic Air Force was expected to take delivery in late February or early March of a new Gulfstream V contracted for in late March last year.