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.”
Jet Aviation Hong Kong has received approval from the FAA to provide line and base maintenance for the Gulfstream G650. The approval allows the MRO to provide maintenance, alterations and repair services. The Hong Kong maintenance facility also supports the G400/450/500/550.
Cessna Aircraft, in a relatively quiet ceremony on Monday, rolled out the first production unit of the new Citation X upgrade at its Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility. A crowd of some 200 Cessna employees hailed the rollout and CEO Scott Ernest claimed that the 8- to 12-passenger twinjet, with a top speed of Mach 0.935, is the fastest (though not yet certified) civilian aircraft in the world. (The certified Gulfstream G650 has a maximum speed of Mach 0.925.)
The number of Gulfstream jets in the Asia Pacific region has more than tripled in the last six years, according to the Savannah, Georgia-based airframer. At its press conference here at ABACE on Monday, Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream, noted that the number of the company’s large-cabin twinjets in the region has risen from 50 to 169 since 2007. Overall, the manufacturer, which claims 63 percent of the large-cabin market and 65 percent of the super-midsize market, has 208 aircraft based in the area, including 61 in mainland China and 45 in Hong Kong.
Gulfstream’s newest jets–the super-midsize G280 and wide-cabin G650–are making their China debut at ABACE, which officially opens tomorrow at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. “We’re excited to bring the G650 and G280, as well as the G150, G450 and G550 to China for our customers to see in person,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of sales and marketing Scott Neal. “Bringing these five aircraft here demonstrates the commitment we’ve made to China and reflects our belief in the strength of this market.”
Zurich-based Jet Aviation’s Hong Kong facility recently received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to provide maintenance for Gulfstream’s new flagship, the ultra-long-range G650, the aviation service provider (Booth P1216) announced here at ABACE.
Gulfstream Aerospace has been making major investments of its own to boost customer support in China. In November 2012 the U.S. manufacturer opened the country’s first factory-owned business jet service center at Beijing Capital International Airport.