Shipments of new business jets in the first quarter plummeted nearly 43 percent compared with last year’s first quarter, according to figures compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
If anyone went to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s annual review and outlook hoping to see light at the end of the economic tunnel, they had to be disappointed. “This may not be the deepest trough in modern times,” said GAMA chairman Bill Boisture, “but it is certainly one of the longest.”
Each year, representatives of the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program issue five levels of training certificates– bronze, silver, gold, ruby and diamond–to eligible technicians and employers. The employer Diamond Certificate is awarded when 25 percent of each site’s eligible employees receive a minimum of six hours of training during the course of a year.
A federal judge approved a deal between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Gulfstream Aerospace in which the airframe manufacturer agreed to pay $2.1 million to more than 60 former employees–none of them pilots–to settle an age-discrimination suit.
As the curtains fell on the third edition of EBACE (the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition) in Geneva last month, the organizers could feel confident that the strong support for the event in this most difficult of years and most challenging of futures for aviation bodes well for its stature as a significant fixture in the world aerospace calendar.
Gulfstream Aerospace has awarded FlightSafety International a five-year contract to perform maintenance technician training at its Savannah, Ga. factory. The contract also includes training for all other Gulfstream
Promising less than an hour between the telephone call and wheels up, Gulfstream announced last month that it will fly parts and, if necessary, technicians to repair warrantied aircraft that are AOG anywhere in North America and the Caribbean if “normal commercial transportation methods” cannot be used to send technical assistance or deliver urgently needed parts.
Gulfstream Aerospace reports that the G450, an upgraded G400 with G550 avionics, is on track for FAA certification in the third quarter of this year. Customer deliveries are pegged to begin next spring. Since the model’s first flight on April 30 last year, the four G450 test airplanes have logged more than 1,250 flight hours on about 500 flights.
In March Gulfstream launched a program in which it pledged to match competitors’ parts prices for large-cabin Gulfstreams. The “Meet the Quote” program, originally scheduled to end May 15, has been extended to the end of July and expanded to include parts for the G100 and G200. If it costs less than Gulfstream’s price for the same part in “comparable condition, age and warranty,” Gulfstream will match price.
Since parent company General Dynamics acquired Galaxy Aerospace last year, Gulfstream has been on a program to improve the performance of the Gulfstream 200 (nee Galaxy) to meet a request by NetJets that it be able to fly London to New York in 85-percent winds with four passengers at Mach 0.75.