Embraer is bringing interior development and modification for its full line of corporate jets in-house. That’s the word from Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets. The company previously contracted with BMW Designworks USA for the interior cabin design on its Phenom and Legacy jets. Embraer’s new customer center and its under-construction engineering and technical center, both at its Melbourne, Fla. campus, will be the epicenter of the new effort.
The leadership at Gulfstream was wearing out their dancing shoes yesterday at media conference. If there had been champagne, it would have flowed freely. The highlight was the presence for the first time at an NBAA show of a newly certified G650 and G280, backed by a $16 billion backlog and news of revenues up 30 percent in the third quarter. Gulfstream expects to begin making customer deliveries of both the G650 and G280 before year-end 2012, further padding a year that saw 78 green deliveries in the first three quarters, 18 more than in the same period in 2011.
Gulfstream president Larry Flynn noted today at the NBAA Convention that the certified G650 comes with performance improved substantially over earlier projections. Gulfstream had originally predicted a max range of 5,000 nm at Mach 0.90. The revised range is 6,000 nm at the same speed, making city pairs such as Tokyo to New York possible at speeds “faster than any other business jet.” Further, the G650’s takeoff balanced field length was reduced to 5,858 feet from the original 6,000 feet at the airplane’s mtow of 99,600 pounds.
Parker Aerospace (Booth No. 5028) is celebrating the certification of its fly-by-wire flight-control system on the new Gulfstream G650 ultra-long-range jet and announcing EASA and Brazilian ANAC approval for new wheel and brake kits for several versions of the King Air turboprop.
The NTSB has issued 10 safety recommendations in the wake of its investigation into the April 2, 2011 crash of the G650 test aircraft. Five of the October 23 recommendations were intended for the FAA, two for Gulfstream Aerospace and the remaining three for the Flight Test Safety Committee. The Board recommends developing flight-test operating guidance for manufacturers.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rolls-Royce introducing its ground-breaking Power-by-the-Hour support package with a service developed for the Viper engines on the HS125 jet. That was back in 1962, and the engine manufacturer still has one aircraft supported on that program.
Third-quarter revenues at General Dynamics’ aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, were $1.8 billion, up 30 percent from a year ago due to more green G650 deliveries, while profits rose 20.3 percent, to $261 million.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded that Gulfstream’s rush to complete an aggressive flight-test schedule for its new G650 was a key factor in the April 2, 2011, crash of a test aircraft at the Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico.
Gulfstream Aerospace earned long-awaited full certifications of its super-midsize G280 and wide-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 last month. The G280 obtained full approval from two aviation authorities–the U.S. FAA and Israeli CAAI–on September 3, and the G650 received full FAA certification four days later.