Gulfstream Aerospace achieved significant milestones for not one but two new models–the G650 and G250–just weeks before the NBAA Convention opened, with both models taxiing toward assembled crowds under their own power for their respective public rollout ceremonies. Both jets are expected to make their first flights later this year and will be certified under new type certificates.
Israel Aerospace Industries
Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries publically introduced the first example of the Gulfstream G250 at IAI’s facility on Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, two weeks before the opening of this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando.
Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries on October 6 rolled out the new Gulfstream G250 at IAI’s facility on Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, an event I was fortunate to attend. The G250 has its roots in the G200, which was formerly the Galaxy.
The first super-midsize Gulfstream G250 rolled out today at Israel Aerospace Industries’ facility at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. IAI is the contract manufacturer for Gulfstream’s midsize business jets, namely the in-production G150 and G200 and the in-development G250, which will replace the G200 in 2011.
The Beechcraft HS 125-700/800 series aircraft has been added to Arcadia Aviation’s FAA Part 145 repair station license. Earlier this year the company added the Israeli Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124 and 1124A series when Mike Harvey, a former IAI field service representative who currently sits on the manufacturer’s advisory panel, joined Arcadia’s maintenance team as director of Westwind Technical Services.
The first Gulfstream G250 super-midsize business jet had its Honeywell HTF7250G engines mounted on June 1 at Israel Aerospace Industries’ factory in Tel Aviv. The wing was mated to the fuselage on May 12, exactly one week after the first power-on test had taken place. The aircraft’s first flight is loosely pegged for “later this year,” while certification is scheduled for 2011.
The first Gulfstream G250 super midsize business jet had its Honeywell HTF7250G engines mounted on June 1 at Israel Aerospace Industries’ factory near Tel Aviv. The wing was mated to the fuselage on May 12, after the first power-on test had taken place on May 5. The aircraft’s first flight is loosely pegged for “later this year,” while certification is scheduled for 2011.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) hopes that new export orders, such as a $50 million deal to supply unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Russia, will bolster sales that dipped by 24 percent during the first quarter of 2009.
Gulfstream Aerospace at the NBAA Convention last month took the wraps off the G250, a successor to the G200 (née Galaxy), marking the second new aircraft launch this year for the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer. The $24 million derivative is expected to address several shortcomings of Gulfstream’s super-midsize business jet offering, including runway performance, range and the lack of a hot-wing de-icing system.
Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth No. 275) yesterday morning unveiled the G250 to succeed the G200, which entered service in 2000 as the Galaxy super-midsize business jet. This marks the second new aircraft launch this year for the Savannah, Ga. manufacturer following the official go-ahead for the large-cabin G650 in March. The company began accepting orders here at NBAA for the roughly $24 million (complete) airplane.