Gulfstream’s wide-cabin G650 and super-midsize G280 are making their European debuts this week at EBACE. They both flew into Geneva International Airport yesterday from Washington Dulles International Airport, with the G650 making its first transoceanic crossing to appear at the show.
Fort Launderdale, Florida FBO Banyan Air Service (Stand 456) has just completed equipping its ramp to meet requirements for the new Gulfstream G650 and G280 corporate jets. These aircraft, set to enter service this year, are equipped with new maintenance systems that depend on wireless connectivity to deliver its messages to mechanics and to facilitate software repair and updates to components.
Engine maker Rolls-Royce (Stand 348) plans to increase its global network of authorized service centers for corporate aircraft engines and strengthen its relationship with existing centers. The company is expected to announce the appointment of additional service centers here at EBACE this week.
The Gulfstream G650 completed its first transoceanic flight Saturday, arriving at Geneva International Airport from Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C., in just six hours and 55 minutes. The green, unpainted aircraft, flying under an experimental certificate, flew at an altitude of 43,000 feet at speeds of Mach .90 to Mach .92, over a ground track of 7,000 km (3,780 nm).
Gulfstream’s super midsize G280 business jet, flying under an experimental certificate, landed this morning at Geneva International Airport for its EBACE debut. The aircraft, N280GD, touched down on Runway 25 at 10 a.m. under low-hanging clouds, following a seven-hour, 47-minute flight from Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C.
Jet Engineering Technical Support (Jets), a Challenger, Hawker and Dornier MRO center in Bournemouth, England, has expanded its facility with the recent opening of a dedicated paint bay.
The paint shop, in a newly acquired hangar at Bournemouth Airport, will accommodate aircraft as large as a Gulfstream G650, and Jets has already contracted to provide executive interior completion work and exterior paint on seven Dornier 328 executive conversions over the next 12 months.
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.