First-quarter revenues at General Dynamics’s aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, climbed by 20 percent from a year ago, to $1.62 billion, while segment profits ascended 17.8 percent to $271 million.
Tornadoes that tore through Wichita on Saturday night left a path of destruction at several aircraft manufacturers but thankfully no fatalities. Damage at Hawker Beechcraft was “limited and isolated damage to the roof” of Plant IV, where final assembly of business jets and turboprops is performed, a company spokeswoman told AIN. “There is no effect on operations,” she added. Repair is under way on the building and employees have been reporting for work as scheduled this week.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Thomas Huff to the newly created position of aviation safety officer. A retired U.S. Navy test pilot with more than 25 years of experience, Huff reports directly to company president Larry Flynn. Huff will oversee a comprehensive aviation safety program for all Gulfstream flight operations, including experimental test, production test, demonstration and corporate flights. He will provide independent safety oversight and promote aviation safety and awareness throughout the company, Gulfstream said.
The employees of Gulfstream Aerospace held a moment of silence today to mark the one-year anniversary of the crash of a flight-test G650 in Roswell, N.M., that claimed the four-man crew. Killed in the April 2, 2011, accident were test pilots Kent Crenshaw, 64, and Vivan Ragusa, 51, and technical specialists David McCollum, 47, and Reece Ollenburg, 48. An NTSB investigation into the accident continues.
While Europe’s economies continue to struggle, and in some cases flirt with disaster, there might be a case for playing down expectations over prospects for the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace). But the highly successful show has defied general economic pessimism in the years since the financial crisis took hold in the Old World in 2008, and the 2012 event (May 14 to 16) looks as if it could be no exception when it opens again in Geneva, one of Europe’s most prosperous cities.
Charter operator JetFlite International has found that growing competition has made doing business in traditional strongholds in the U.S. much more difficult, and thus the company has expanded its services to tap new sources of revenue. This includes serving new markets in Russia and other countries and the October 2011 opening of JetFlite’s FAA-approved Part 145 repair station at the company’s Long Beach, Calif. headquarters.
Rolls-Royce has named Metrojet, the Hong Kong-based business jet operator and maintenance provider, as the first authorized service center for its BR710 series engine in Asia. The engine powers Gulfstream V/500/550 and Bombardier Global Express series aircraft.
Gulfstream has earned a supplement type certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for its new Elite interior package for the G450 and G550 long-range business jets.
Gulfstream is on track to open its new service center in Beijing Capital International Airport by the end of this year.