A 14-year production run came to a close when the last Gulfstream G200 rolled off the final-phase assembly line at the manufacturer’s assembly plant in Dallas last month. That airplane is scheduled for customer delivery before year-end. The G200, initially certified by the FAA in 1998, was originally introduced as the Galaxy by Israel Aircraft Industries subsidiary Galaxy Aerospace, which Gulfstream acquired in 2001.
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Class warfare is much in the headlines of late, and there’s a sort of parallel in business aviation. While the wealthiest citizens and corporations are sitting on mounds of cash for fear of investing it in the wrong place in troubled times, the middle class, the poor and many small businesses are feeling the financial deprivation of this downturn day-to-day. So goes it in the hierarchy of business-jet manufacturers.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is achieving faster growth on the civil side of its business than on the military side, for which it is arguably better known. The group’s recently published results for the first half of 2011 show civil sales up by 29 percent over the same period in 2010, accounting for $492 million out of total sales of $1.8 billion, which represented an 11-percent increase over last year’s results.
BedekAviation Group is strengthening its relationship with two Chinese companies to cater better for its growing freighter conversion business. The company is the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary of Israeli Aerospace Industries, and a sizeable slice of its revenues come from its passenger-to-freighter conversion line, which it says has grown in 2010 over 2009.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is showing off its latest precision-guided munition here at Le Bourget.
The Arrow BMD (ballistic missile defense) system that now protects Israel was co-developed and produced by Boeing and Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI), but funded mostly by the U.S. MDA. Designed to offer better protection than the Patriot PAC-3, development began in the late 1980s with Israeli industry providing the L-band radar and the command and control system.
As engineers design more structural components using composite materials, the resin transfer molding (RTM) process is seeing increased use in business jets. Bombardier’s Belfast facility is employing RTM to build Learjet 85 wings, and Gulfstream vendor North Coast Composites of Cleveland, Ohio, is using RTM to make G250 rudders.
Everybody's been somewhere and done something. But Israel Aerospace Industries chief test pilot Ronen Shapira has been a few more places and done a few more things than most of us.
Moving production lines outside the U.S. to countries where the cost of manufacturing is lower is a thorny and complicated subject, as well as a practice that has been going on for more than a half century and affecting numerous industries. But now, as the unemployment level in the U.S.
Earlier this month Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) began flight trials of the single Boeing 767-200ER it has converted to multi-mission tanker transport (MMTT) configuration for the Columbian air force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana). During the initial 3.5-hour post-conversion flight, the MMTT successfully cleared the full flight envelope, and subsequently engaged in refueling trials with an IAI Kfir C10 fighter.