Switzerland-based business aviation services group ExecuJet Aviation, which is exhibiting at the Singapore Airshow for the first time (Booth D87), is set to significantly boost its presence in the Asian market during the course of 2014.
A slew of business aircraft will be on static display next week at the biennial Singapore Airshow, which will be held at its usual venue adjacent to Changi International Airport. The list includes the Beechcraft King Air 250 and 350i; Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 605; Cessna Caravan and Citation Sovereign+; Dassault Falcon 7X; Gulfstream G280 and G650; Piaggio Avanti II; Pilatus PC-12; and Socata TBM850.
The worldwide supply of used aircraft is revisiting a level not seen in more than five years, despite a growing business jet population that saw nearly 4,000 enter service during that period. The U.S. claimed nearly half of those new aircraft deliveries, followed by Europe and Asia, South America and Africa and Australia. One might speculate that if a buyer is purchasing a business jet in a down economy there must be an excellent reason for the investment, and perhaps this is why only 200 of those delivered during this period have made their way onto the used market.
Gulfstream Aerospace “is the primary growth engine for both earnings and revenue” at General Dynamics, parent company chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic said yesterday during a fourth-quarter investor call. The company’s aerospace unit, which includes Gulfstream and Jet Aviation, had a “very good year” in 2013, she added.
The EASA has approved Gulfstream’s London Luton Airport service center for maintenance on the G280. This comes after the Luton facility was approved for the G650 last year; both new jets entered service in late 2012. “Gulfstream Luton’s ability to work on our newest aircraft brings an added level of convenience to G650 and G280 operators based in Europe,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support. “With our factory-trained technicians and the addition of G650- and G280-specific tooling, we are well equipped to meet our customers’ maintenance needs.”
The world’s economy, for the most part, is slowly and steadily improving, but that has not yet provided the general aviation industry with a shot in the arm. During the past year only two clean-sheet jet designs were formally unveiled–the Pilatus PC-24 and Dassault Falcon 5X–but these were known to be under way for many years before this year’s public program launches.
Last week Gulfstream noted the one-year anniversary of the first customer delivery of its flagship G650. The ultra-long-range twinjet received its FAA certification on Sept. 7, 2012, after a flight-test program that logged more than 4,400 flight hours over 1,319 flights. EASA approval followed in December. Over the past year, the Savannah-based airframer has delivered nearly 50 of the wide-cabin business jets to customers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America.
International Water-Guard Industries (IWG) announced earlier this week that its agreement with Gulfstream Aerospace to provide water treatment units for the G450 and G550 has been renewed. The Canadian water systems specialist, based in Burnaby, B.C., has been providing water treatment units to Gulfstream for more than 20 years. The unit, manufactured by IWG Technologies, is standard on the G650.
Jet Aviation Teterboro received FAA approval to perform base, line, repair and overhaul maintenance support for the Gulfstream G650. The authorization also extends to Jet Aviation’s Cayman and Bermuda AMOs and EASA repair station authorities. “We have made a significant investment in tooling, training and data to support the needs of our clients moving to this new aircraft type,” said David Smith, director of quality assurance, MRO services.
FlightSafety International has partnered with Gulfstream to provide an online course for FBOs on the proper ground handling for the Savannah OEM’s large-cabin business jets. The course covers all facets of handling and servicing, such as towing, parking, fueling, aircraft safety walk-around, lavatory servicing, window cleaning and snow and ice removal. “This course, which has been updated to include the G650, is a thorough review of how to keep our business jets–and the people who service them–safe,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream product support.