After almost 50 years of quiet growth, Belgium-based charter operator Abelag is ready to speak up. “Abelag is a discreet company,” CEO Herve Laitat said at EBACE. “Maybe it’s the philosophy of the company to be low profile, like our clients.” Even Abelag’s compact stand (Booth 1157) is low-key, belying the scale of its operations. The privately owned company operates a fleet of 25 aircraft ranging from a Beechcraft King Air 200 to a pair of Falcon 7Xs, based at five airports. Abelag also operates an FBO and a Part 145 repair station at its home base at Brussels International Airport.
In a joint venture with MCM DesignStudio, Lausanne-based Yasava Solutions (Booth 971) is taking business jet cabin design in a new direction based on “intelligent ergonomics and socio-cultural design.” The cabin design and engineering firm is initially introducing its Astral Design Series interior proposals for large-cabin business jets. According to CEO Christopher Mbanefo, the company is currently in talks with major OEMs and focused on Dassault’s Falcon 7X, Bombardier’s Global 6000 and Gulfstream’s G650 as platforms.
GE Aviation won the Game-Changing Technology Implementation award last week at the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership Summit for its Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technology. Designed to reduce delays, cancellations and unscheduled maintenance as initially implemented on the G650 business jet, IVHM continuously manages and analyzes data throughout the flight, creating a set of health information for the engines, avionics, power, cabin and other aircraft systems.
With more than 180 Gulfstream operators, Europe is a major region for the Gulfstream Aerospace, and the company has recently expanded its support infrastructure in the continent. At Luton Airport, the company’s support center has added more employees, while the mobile repair team unit, part of the field and airborne support team (Fast) network has also grown in size. Fast engineers are based in Athens, Paris and Switzerland, and one more is to begin operations from Kiev.
Rolls-Royce has launched a new mobile technical publications service for the BR725 engine that powers the Gulfstream G650.
EBACE attendees can finally get a glimpse of the Gulfstream G650’s cabin interior–the “widest and longest of any dedicated business jet,” according to the manufacturer–in an actual airplane.
Last year, the ultra-long-range twinjet made its EBACE debut sans interior, meaning show-goers could view it only from the outside, although a cabin mockup was at the company’s booth. This time around Gulfstream (Booth 7061) has brought a G650 with a full production interior to Geneva, and it is available for viewing during EBACE in the static park.
The Gulfstream G650’s systems make it a complex aircraft not simply in the cockpit, but in the cabin as well. To help prepare cabin crews for any eventuality aft of the cockpit door, Flight Safety’s Savannah Learning Center in Georgia inaugurated a six-hour cabin system-training course last week. G650 topics include the cabin management system, seat and galley equipment operations, communications and water and waste system training. The training provider also announced similar programs for the G450 and G550.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced yesterday at EBACE that it is bolstering its sales, marketing and aircraft support presence in Europe as the Gulfstream fleet continues to expand, apparently unabated by any lingering economic uncertainty. In fact, there are now 246 Gulfstreams based in Europe–182 in Western Europe and 64 in Eastern Europe–more than double the number as recently as 2006, the U.S. aircraft manufacturer said.
A Gulfstream G650 set a city-pair speed record last month on a flight between Shanghai and Newark, N.J., flying the 6,855-nm route in 13 hours and 32 minutes, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The jet took off from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on April 18 carrying five passengers and four crewmembers. ATC restrictions kept the G650 below FL310 for the first hour before it was cleared to climb to its normal cruising altitude of FL410 to FL510.
Revenues at General Dynamics’ aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, soared to nearly $1.78 billion in the first quarter, a $155 million increase from a year ago, according to financial results the company released yesterday. Segment profit in the quarter also climbed by $39 million, or 14.4 percent, to $310 million, thanks in large part to Gulfstream, though General Dynamics chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic said Jet Aviation “made a contribution in the quarter.”