Gulfstream Aerospace is working to step up the pace of deliveries of the new G650, taking account of time lost due to the need for retrofit work on early models. By the end of last year, the airframer had delivered six completed G650s to customers. The tally since then is unknown because Gulfstream has yet to release G650 delivery numbers for this year.
Twin Commander Aircraft is introducing two new custom kits for operators. CK 186 replaces Weldon fuel boost pumps with Parker Airborne pumps and CK 188 adds a convenient filler port to the supplemental oxygen system. When JetProp Commanders were still in production under Gulfstream Aerospace, the factory changed from Weldon to Airborne boost pumps, but the change was never offered for existing aircraft. If the Weldon pumps have already been replaced, installation of the hardware in CK 186 ensures that the upgrade meets OEM and FAA requirements and approval.
The wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 recently established four city-pair speed records in five days, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. “The G650, which entered service just over two months ago, is redefining what business jet operators can expect from their aircraft,” said company president Larry Flynn.
The G650’s most recent city-pair record came on January 28 on a flight from Moscow Vnukovo Airport to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. It flew the 4,774-nm route in 9 hours 33 minutes, with an average speed of 574 mph.
FlightSafety International said that its third Gulfstream G650 full-motion flight simulator will be installed at the company’s learning center in Long Beach, Calif., early next year. The company’s first two G650 simulators are already in operation at its Savannah, Ga. facility, where G650 training started in September. “Expanding the Gulfstream G650 training program to Long Beach will enable us to meet growing demand,” said FSI senior vice president David Davenport.
Gulfstream Aerospace said the two fleet-leading G150s, which are both owned and operated by a U.S.-based multinational energy company, recently combined to surpass 10,000 flight hours. This achievement was accomplished without incident and took only five years, Gulfstream noted. The midsize business jet entered service in August 2006, and some 100 G150s are flying with operators in the U.S., Canada, Central America, South America, Europe and Asia. The entire fleet has accumulated more than 130,000 flight hours and more than 90,000 landings.
Aircraft manufacturers will deliver an estimated 9,400 business jets worth $253 billion over the next 10 years, according to a forecast released late last week by Montreal-based business aviation services firm Zenith Jet.
Gulfstream senior vice president of programs, engineering and test Preston Henne will retire, effective March 31. Henne, who turned 65 last year, joined Gulfstream in 1994 and has since led the teams responsible for the design, development, test and certification of the Gulfstream V, G550 and flagship G650, among others. Dan Nale, Gulfstream’s vice president of advanced aircraft programs, will take over Henne’s position on April 1. Nale is a 10-year Gulfstream veteran who has overseen development of various next-generation aircraft at the company.
The Gulfstream G650 was nominated this week for the National Aeronautic Association’s 2012 Robert J.
Gulfstream announced today that its new super-midsize G280 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The twinjet, which replaces the G200, can seat up to 10 passengers and has a range of 3,600 nm at Mach 0.80. A joint effort between the Savannah airframer and Israel Aerospace Industries, the G280 earned U.S. and Israeli certification last August and entered service in November.
The super-midsize Gulfstream G280 recently set 15 new city-pair speed records as part of the company’s reliability demonstration program, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced today. To date, the G280 has established 22 speed records since setting its first in May.