On Friday, the wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 resumed flight testing, following the November 25 maiden flight of the first test aircraft (T1) that was cut short at 12 minutes due to “slight vibrations” in one of the gear doors. “We have identified the cause of the vibration in the landing-gear doors and are developing a permanent solution,” a Gulfstream spokeswoman told AIN.
The first Gulfstream G650, dubbed T1 for test aircraft one, achieved its maiden flight this afternoon, though it was cut short due to “slight vibrations” in one of the gear doors. A Gulfstream spokeswoman told AIN that the flight was intended to last for about an hour; nevertheless, the G650’s 12-minute flight is still considered a full-fledged success by the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer.
Rockwell Collins announced that its HGS-6250 head-up guidance (Hud) system has been certified for the Gulfstream G450 and G550. The Hud will be standard on the G450, G550 and G650 and optional on the G250, G350 and G500. Based on LCD and LED technology, the HGS-6250 provides precise head-up guidance cues, the widest field of view of any civil Hud and is compatible with Gulfstream’s EVS II enhanced-vision system, Rockwell Collins said.
Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin last month indicated that the Canadian manufacturer might launch a model to compete with the Gulfstream G650, but he did not indicate a timescale. Some believe such an announcement could be made as soon as the first quarter of next year. Speaking to reporters at a briefing in Montreal, Beaudoin said that the company would definitely position itself to compete with Gulfstream.
For the past several months, analysts and industry observers have been noting signs of a recovery, even as some statistics suggest otherwise. So where is the truth? Is the industry bouncing back, or is it experiencing a yo-yo effect and there’s more down to come?
“It depends,” in the noncommittal words of one analyst.
Although a spokeswoman confirmed last week that Bombardier has no imminent plans to announce a larger jet to compete with Gulfstream’s G650, CEO Pierre Beaudoin recently indicated that the company might launch a model to compete with the G650, but he did not indicate a timescale. Some believe it could be as soon as the first quarter of next year.
Executives from Gulfstream Aerospace were clearly starting to relax about the economic situation at a Dubai Airshow press conference here this week. The business aircraft manufacturer is banking on an upturn to ensure that its two new jets–the G250 and G650–prove real winners.
Bombardier is under commercial pressure to launch a new flagship business jet to rival the Gulfstream G650 as the world’s industry descends on what is the key event for the leading large-bizjet-buying region. With its significant range advantage, the G650 looks to be set to beat Bombardier’s leading model–the Global Express XRS– hands down when it enters service in 2012.
On the eve of last month’s NBAA convention, engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell released its 18th annual 10-year market forecast, projecting a serious near-term dip in business jet deliveries but a gradual climb back to the heights reached during last year’s production peak.
Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries publicly intro- duced the first example of the Gulfstream G250 at IAI’s facility on Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, two weeks before the opening of this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando.