This year is shaping up to be bad for business jet fatal accidents, according to safety figures compiled by AIN. In just the first five months, 24 people have died in five fatal business jet accidents worldwide. In total last year, there were 23 deaths from eight business jet accidents. To date, U.S.-registered business jets were involved in three accidents, resulting in 12 fatalities–including Saturday’s Gulfstream IV-SP crash near Boston that killed seven. In all of last year, six U.S.-registered business jet fatal accidents killed 17 people.
Gulfstream Aerospace is boosting the range potential of its G650 flagship with the launch of an ER extended-range version. At an EBACE press conference on May 19, Gulfstream president Larry Flynn said that the G650’s already lengthy range figure of 7,000 nm will grow to 7,500 nm at Mach 0.85, which will make it the longest-range business jet when it receives certification. Alternatively, the ER version can reach out a further 400 nm beyond the baseline G650 to fly 6,400 nm at Mach0.90.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services recently opened its newest FBO at Chicago Executive Airport. The FBO–the company’s third following new facilities at MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., and Lakefront Airport in New Orleans–is part of an aggressive business plan to open executive FBOs throughout the U.S. in major and medium markets. “We have the next four sites in mind, and they will probably be online this year,” Bill Koch, chairman of the board, told AIN.
Thanks to the generosity of Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) members and 12 corporate aviation company sponsors, the association will award more than $100,000 in aviation scholarships–a record amount–on October 22 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Building on an existing relationship, Jet Aviation’s facilities in Basel, Geneva, Moscow, Dubai and Singapore have been selected by Rolls-Royce to join its EMEA and Asia authorized service center network. The appointments extend service capabilities for the BR710, BR725 and Tay and allow those Jet Aviation facilities to provide line maintenance and warranty support. The facilities will also receive support from Rolls-Royce, including on-site training, specific engine training, technical support and publications.
Los Angeles-based Clay Lacy Aviation now offers a Gulfstream G650 for global charter flights, along with recently added G200 and GIVSP. Increasing Clay Lacy’s fleet of charter aircraft to more than 50, these jets are based at Van Nuys. Clay Lacy also operates an FBO facility in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1968, the company provides aircraft management, charter, sales, acquisitions, FBO, maintenance, avionics and interior work.
Gulfstream Aerospace has already signed purchase agreements for two or three G650ERs, Larry Flynn, president of the U.S. manufacturer (Booth 5129), told a small group of reporters during a breakfast flight in a Gulfstream G550 over the Alps yesterday morning. The company had announced the extended-range upgrade of the ultra-range, top-of-the-line G650 on Monday at EBACE 2014 in Geneva.
Asked about Aerion’s redesigned supersonic business jet announced this week at EBACE, Gulfstream Aerospace president Larry Flynn said, “I think everyone knows Gulfstream has had an interest in supersonic and we have a small research and development project that has been under way for several years. The project is mostly focused on suppressing the sonic boom. Our intentions would be to fly a supersonic airplane over land.
Gulfstream Aerospace has already signed purchase agreements for two or three G650ERs, president Larry Flynn told AIN today at EBACE. The company announced the $2 million extended-range option for its flagship G650 on Monday. “We’ve just scratched the surface of the G650 customer base,” he said, explaining that Gulfstream did not tell its customers about the upgrade before the announcement. He added that the Savannah, Ga.-based OEM also signed an agreement for a G450 with an Africa-based customer yesterday at the show.
West Star Aviation held an official opening last week for the latest expansion at its East Alton, Ill. facility. The expansion adds a new 47,000-sq-ft maintenance facility, a 14,000-sq-ft wood shop and a 6,000-sq-ft accessory repair shop, taking the ALN operation to 317,300 sq ft.