Gulfstream (Chalet A144) is claiming three new city-pair records for the G650 demonstrator flown to the Paris Air Show, and three records for the super-midsize G280 that is also on Gulfstream’s static display (Static N). These record flights await official confirmation by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The company also announced that it has opened a new sales and design center in London.
The 2013 Paris Air Show–the 50th since the biennial event started in 1909–opens on Monday with its exhibitor count at a 10-year high of 2,200 companies from 44 countries. Much of the pre-show excitement this week has been built on expectations that Airbus might take the opportunity to give its new A350XWB airliner a high-profile public debut.
Phebe Novakovic, CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, says that Gulfstream has remedied the production/completion “disequilibrium” (her word at the time) that slowed initial deliveries of the G650. Speaking this morning at the Deutsche Bank Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference in Chicago, she said approximately 30 copies of the airframer’s new flagship had to undergo retrofits in the completions process to comply with FAA certification requirements.
Million Air Dallas, which took delivery of a Gulfstream G650 on May 20, is now the first operator to have one of these ultra-long-range jets available for charter. Its wide-cabin jet is configured for up to 13 passengers and has a private crew-rest area to take advantage of the aircraft’s 7,000-nm range. In preparation for delivery of the new aircraft, Million Air Dallas built a new charter passenger terminal at Addison Airport, as well as a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar that houses the G650.
APP Jet Center has broken ground on a new 20,000-sq-ft heated hangar at its Manassas Regional Airport facility near Washington, D.C. When completed in January, the FBO’s sixth hangar will be able to accommodate business aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream G650. The addition will bring the total aircraft storage space at the facility to 150,000 sq ft. APP’s existing hangar space at Manassas is fully occupied, and the company said it continues to receive inquiries from operators based at Dulles seeking to relocate there.
Chad Trautvetter spoke with Trevor Esling of Gulfstream Aerospace, inside the Gulfstream G650, about the European Business Aviation Market at EBACE 2013
RocketRoute (Booth 1257) announced at EBACE that Salzburg, Austria-based charter, management and sales firm Private Airlines is its first Gulfstream customer for the RocketRoute flight-planning app. Private Airlines’s fleet includes the Gulfstream G150, G280 and G650, as well as Boeing and Airbus bizliners.
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.