Aerion Corp. of Reno, Nev., plans to announce at the NBAA Convention later this month that it will build a supersonic business jet. While an Aerion spokesman would not release any details at press time, it is known that aviation industry veteran Brian Barents is the company’s vice chairman and billionaire Robert Bass is chairman.
Recent news reports that Gulfstream plans to build a prototype supersonic business jet (SSBJ) by 2013 are inaccurate, according to a company spokesman. “We’re still doing basic research on sonic boom suppression,” he said.
Gulfstream Aerospace has developed software enhancement called “Circuit Flash” for electronic manuals that makes it easier for aircraft technicians to interpret detailed wiring diagrams.
For the past six years at EBACE, Gulfstream has given groups of aviation journalists the opportunity to experience the cabin amenities of one of its business jets during a morning flight over the Alps. The initial flight in 2002 was in a G200, the model chosen because Gulfstream had purchased the type certificates for it and the smaller G100 from Israel Aircraft Industries the year before.
Savannah, Georgia-based Gulfstream Aerospace delivered its 150th G200 super-midsize business jet last month. Since Gulfstream absorbed the former Galaxy Aerospace product line in 2001, the company has made significant improvements to the G200, including a 600-pound weight reduction, as well as the option of an automatic throttle system. In 2004, the aircraft received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
AirCell, one of the world’s leading airborne telecommunications service providers, has named Sergio Aguirre as its OEM sales manager. Aguirre brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the position, where he will manage the Colorado-based company’s business aviation OEM relationships.
Prior to joining AirCell, Aguirre held positions of increasing responsibility with Gulfstream Aerospace, Airshow and Securaplane.
Robert Harold Cooper, often referred to by those who knew him as “a true gentleman” and known to his friends at Gulfstream Aerospace as “Captain Bob,” died March 17 while playing golf with friends, as reported briefly in AIN’s April issue (page 108).
Gulfstream Aerospace broke ground on a new manufacturing site last month. The 306,000-sq-ft facility is the first since the company brought GII production to Savannah in 1967. The building is slated to be completed next April. Gulfstream also plans to use the existing service center for manufacturing after a new and larger service and support center is completed in late 2009.
Revenue at Gulfstream Aerospace increased 18.7 percent in the first quarter of this year over the first quarter of last year, operating earnings grew 19.3 percent and backlog increased 9.8 percent from the end of last year on the strength of a “robust order book,” according to Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics. Chabraja said Gulfstream plans to deliver 82 large aircraft this year.
Revenue at Gulfstream Aerospace increased 18.7 percent in the first quarter of this year over the first quarter of last year, operating earnings grew 19.3 percent and backlog revenue increased 9.8 percent on the strength of a “very robust order book,” according to Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics.