Gulfstream Aerospace this morning rolled out the first wide-cabin G650 to much fanfare, and a crowd that completely filled the G650 production hangar, at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters. What made the event even more noteworthy is that the $64.5 million (2009 $) twinjet–dubbed T1 for test aircraft one–did so under the power of its own Rolls-Royce BR725 engines.
Gulfstream Aerospace last week marked the service entry of the 500th Gulfstream outfitted with the manufacturer’s enhanced vision system (EVS). This milestone was reached eight years after the Savannah, Ga.-based company began offering the flight-deck safety technology to large-cabin Gulfstream operators.
Bombardier Aerospace and Gulfstream Aerospace are well known fierce rivals, but that doesn’t mean they can’t agree from time to time, especially when it comes to the outlook for business jets.
The FAA has approved the Gulfstream Aerospace Long Beach, Calif. facility to perform engine and APU maintenance on the Gulfstream G150. It was previously approved to perform only airframe maintenance. “Being able to service the entire Gulfstream fleet at Long Beach is important,” said Mark Burns, Gulfstream president for product support.
Eight full-time technicians have been assigned to Gulfstream Aerospace’s airborne product support program. Previously the company asked for volunteers to handle each occurrence. “The system was a bit random and the technicians were not always ready for immediate dispatch. They are now assigned to duty shifts and are packed and ready for immediate dispatch,” a company spokesman told AIN.
Jay Johnson, the new president and CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday during an investor conference that he is “encouraged right now” about the “gradually improving” business jet market. As proof, he noted that Gulfstream fleet flying hours are increasing and new order interest is improving.
International Water-Guard (IWG) of Burnaby, B.C., has delivered the first IWG-A6 water treatment units to Gulfstream Aerospace for installation in the OEM’s new G650. The IWG-A6 incorporates a new, modular design, allowing many water system product configurations to be developed from a common core.
Gulfstream Aerospace received FAA certification to use the second-generation Gulfstream enhanced-vision system (EVS II) on the midsize G150. The system is available for both new and in-service G150s, Gulfstream said. Using an infrared camera mounted in the airplane’s nose, the EVS II projects real-time images of the aircraft’s surroundings on a multifunction display.
David Schmidt has been named president of newly formed Tailwind Technologies subsidiary Hartzell Aerospace. He previously held senior leadership positions at Meggitt and Esterline.
St. Louis-based engineering services and structural component supplier LMI Aerospace has appointed Jim McQueeney president and CEO. Most recently he was
v-p for material with Gulfstream Aerospace.
Gulfstream Aerospace has reintroduced its “Meet the Quote” spare parts price-matching program. Originally launched in 2004, the program this time will be in effect through the end of this month.
The program includes the most popular exchange parts, says Gulfstream, including valves, alternators, regulator and brake assemblies, actuators and display units, for the entire line of Gulfstream jets.