Yesterday and today marked two significant milestones for the ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650.
Gulfstream handed over the first fully outfitted G650 today to an undisclosed U.S. customer, fulfilling its promise that it would begin deliveries of the clean-sheet ultra-long-range twinjet by the end of the year.
“We’re thrilled to see the first G650 leave our hangar for a customer’s hangar,” said company president Larry Flynn. “Soon the G650 will be a common sight at airports around the world.”
Gulfstream Aerospace has come to MEBA 2012 on the crest of a wave with deliveries of 104 “green” large-cabin jets forecast by the end of the year. The company has brought a G450 and G550 to the static display at MEBA this week, but was unable to fly a G650 or the new G280 to Dubai because it is focusing on delivering these new jets to customers.
Gulfstream Aerospace has come to MEBA on the crest of a wave with deliveries of 104 large-cabin jets forecast by the end of the year, albeit “green” aircraft ready for completion and painting for customers. The company has brought a G450 and G550 to the MEBA static display but was unable to fly a G650 or the new G280 to Dubai, because it is focusing on delivering these new jets to customers.
Opponents of development at Oberpfaffenhofen Airport, near Munich, Germany, were recently dealt a blow when a high court instead ruled in favor of increased general aviation activity. At issue were noise complaints from neighbors of the field, which has allowed general aviation traffic since 2008.
China’s Nanshan Jet placed an order for a Gulfstream G650 today at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. The charter operator, with bases in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, is a subsidiary of the Nanshan Group. It is expected to take delivery of the new very-high-speed, ultra-long-range jet in late 2014 or early 2015 and is third G450 next year.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport has embarked on the reconstruction of a former neighboring cargo handling facility to turn it into an additional 61,505 sq ft of hangar space. The $5 million project will bring the FBO’s total business and general aviation shelter at the airport to more than 155,000 sq ft. The structure will be able to accommodate multiple large aircraft, including the newly certified Gulfstream G650. “Demand for hangar space at our facility continues to outpace capacity,” said David Mills, the FBO’s general manager.
The NTSB has blamed the April 2, 2011, flight-test crash of a Gulfstream G650 on an aerodynamic stall and an uncommanded rolling moment that the pilots were unable to control. However, the Board also notes that it was the manufacturer’s rush to complete its aggressive flight-test schedule for obtaining certification that set the stage for the stall and uncontrollable roll.
In an ever-shrinking world of instant gratification in which going fast is good, then going faster must be even better.
Honeywell didn’t come right out and say it, but the company’s 2012 market forecast introduced a new category devoted to the concept of farther and faster. The forecast calls it the “very high speed/ultra-long range” category and notes the first use of that category in 2010 with the Gulfstream G650.
Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced product-specific mobile applications for each type currently in production. The apps for the Gulfstream G150, G280, G450, G550 and G650 are available now in the Apple App Store.
Each app features interactive elements, including an introduction to the aircraft in the form of an interactive brochure; an interactive worldwide city-pair range map; worldwide product support information; and an extensive photo gallery.