Gulfstream Aerospace is working to step up the pace of deliveries of the new G650, taking account of time lost due to the need for retrofit work on early models. By the end of last year, the airframer had delivered six completed G650s to customers. The tally since then is unknown because Gulfstream has yet to release G650 delivery numbers for this year.
The wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 recently established four city-pair speed records in five days, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. “The G650, which entered service just over two months ago, is redefining what business jet operators can expect from their aircraft,” said company president Larry Flynn.
The G650’s most recent city-pair record came on January 28 on a flight from Moscow Vnukovo Airport to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. It flew the 4,774-nm route in 9 hours 33 minutes, with an average speed of 574 mph.
FlightSafety International said that its third Gulfstream G650 full-motion flight simulator will be installed at the company’s learning center in Long Beach, Calif., early next year. The company’s first two G650 simulators are already in operation at its Savannah, Ga. facility, where G650 training started in September. “Expanding the Gulfstream G650 training program to Long Beach will enable us to meet growing demand,” said FSI senior vice president David Davenport.
NBAA is welcoming International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) committee proposals to limit aircraft emissions and reduce noise levels in the near term. The Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) at ICAO wrapped up three years of work last Thursday with recommendations for creating both a metric and standards for carbon-dioxide emissions, as well as for reducing aircraft noise levels by 2020.
Gulfstream senior vice president of programs, engineering and test Preston Henne will retire, effective March 31. Henne, who turned 65 last year, joined Gulfstream in 1994 and has since led the teams responsible for the design, development, test and certification of the Gulfstream V, G550 and flagship G650, among others. Dan Nale, Gulfstream’s vice president of advanced aircraft programs, will take over Henne’s position on April 1. Nale is a 10-year Gulfstream veteran who has overseen development of various next-generation aircraft at the company.
The Gulfstream G650 was nominated this week for the National Aeronautic Association’s 2012 Robert J.
“No traditional business jet will take you closer to the speed of sound,” promises Gulfstream in an announcement about its recently certified G650, which boasts a maximum velocity of Mach 0.925.
Revenues at General Dynamics’ aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, soared to $6.91 billion last year, up more than $900 million from 2011, thanks in large part to Gulfstream. Profits at the division climbed by $129 million to $858 million. During an investor conference call yesterday, General Dynamics chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic forecast that the division will see 16-percent sales growth this year.
Sheltair is undertaking a $13.6 million facility expansion at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. The first phase includes a new 134,806-sq-ft hangar, complete with office spaces, that will open in the coming months. The hangar’s 28-foot-high doors will accept a variety of business aircraft, up to a Gulfstream G650. Phases two and three will increase the total area of the project from 11 to 18.92 acres and the square footage to 359,000. The final two phases will be under way next year.
The freshly certified, wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 will make its Middle Eastern public debut at Abu Dhabi Air Expo, which will be held March 5 to 7 at Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi. “We are delighted that Gulfstream has chosen [our] expo as the platform from which to premiere its latest aircraft and know it will be of great interest to [show] visitors,” said event director Didier Mary.
Gulfstream plans to have its G450 and G550 on static display at the show as well.