Shipments of new turbine business aircraft manufactured throughout the world have taken a nose dive since last year. This year’s deliveries totaled 601 units in the first nine months, down 196 (25 percent), from the same period last year, according to figures compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and AIN.
MaxVis Inc., a new company established in Portland, Ore., has thrown its hat into the enhanced vision system (EVS) ring, where competition is heating up. EVS units are add-ons to head-up displays (HUD) and use infrared sensors to “see” through cloud and fog to provide an almost photographic quality image on the HUD of the situation ahead, far beyond the pilot’s visual range.
When the going gets tough, marketing departments heat up their branding irons. Or so it seemed at the 55th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month. No fewer than three major business aircraft manufacturers announced new or reinvigorated brands for at least one of their offerings (see full stories elsewhere in this issue). The moves were as much a reaction to the wishy-washy U.S.
At both a large invited-guests-only event and a next-day press conference on the eve of the 2002 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. last month, Gulfstream Aerospace announced a major transformation of its product line that not only revises the familiar nomenclature of its business jets, but also segments them by options and mission profiles into market niches never before directly targeted by Gulfstream.
The Chinese proverb “may you live in interesting times” certainly seems appropriate for manufacturers and would-be manufacturers of new business airplanes. Interesting times indeed: with the weaker than expected economic recovery, and the specter of a possible double-dip recession, even some established, well financed business aircraft manufacturers are stretching out timelines for their respective new products.
Aerospace Technologies Group of West Palm Beach, Fla., has been selected by Gulfstream Aerospace as the preferred supplier of aircraft window shade systems for the Savannah, Ga. business jet manufacturer’s new Gulfstream V-SP. Under the agreement, Aerospace Technologies’ Powertech Shade System will be factory-standard equipment on the GV.
The FAA recently suspended the repair station certificate of Weco Aerospace Systems of Burbank, Calif. Weco, acquired by Gulfstream Aerospace a year ago, was an FAA Part 145 and EASA repair station with Class 1, 2 and 3 accessory and Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 instrument ratings.
Sales of Gulfstream business jets in the first quarter increased 17 percent year-over-year, Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics, said during an April 23 investor conference call. Backlog at the Savannah, Ga. aircraft manufacturer climbed $200 million in the quarter, and that includes only sales of in-production aircraft.
Most pilots flying into Dallas Love Field (DAL) are probably not accustomed to seeing “General Dynamics” emblazoned on a civil hangar, but the defense contractor isn’t that new to general aviation. It did own Cessna Aircraft from 1985 until it was sold to Textron seven years later, and three years ago it acquired Gulfstream Aerospace.
Sales of Gulfstream business jets in the first quarter increased 17 percent year-over-year, Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday during an investor conference call. According to Chabraja, backlog at the Savannah, Ga. aircraft manufacturer climbed $200 million in the quarter, and that includes only sales of in-production aircraft.