Gulfstream Aerospace President Bryan Moss made his company’s position on supersonic business jets clear at a Paris press conference yesterday when he said, “If you want to get me fired, just report that Gulfstream is developing a supersonic business jet.”
Israel Aerospace Industries
Aviation Technology Group, the Colorado-based developer of the Javelin personal jet, and Israel Aircraft Industries have initiated detailed design work on two variants of the airplane intended to serve the world military training market.
The Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) blue-and-white flying-saucer-shaped pavilion has become one of the long-standing landmarks at Le Bourget. This year, the building has been transformed into a large stand-up 3-D theater in which the viewer gets a futuristic view of how IAI products can be employed to provide a full range of defense and homeland security solutions.
Late last year, CAE and Israel Aircraft Industries started working together to develop a new prototype for embedded and virtual training. The main applications for any resulting technology will be training military personnel to operate fighters and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as command, control, communications, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems.
Gulfstream Aerospace is claiming a record for a G150 flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Geneva on May 1. A company flight-test airplane completed the 1,575-nm journey in three hours and 40 minutes, flying at an average cruise speed of Mach 0.82 against an average headwind of 25 knots. The crew comprised Gulfstream midsize aircraft advanced programs chief pilot Scott Evans and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) senior test pilot Yoram Geva.
Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Elta Systems division has unveiled what it describes as a new generation of airborne radar warning receivers. Designated the EL/L-8265RWL, IAI describes the system as being highly accurate in terms of providing the pilot with the exact location of any potential threat systems. It operates in the 1-18 GHz frequency band, has 360-degree spatial coverage and utilizes a simple antenna configuration.
The new Gulfstream 150 business jet remains on schedule to be officially rolled out at Israel Aircraft Industries on January 18, make its first flight in May, receive FAA certification in the first quarter of next year and enter service in the third quarter of next year. The 2,700-nm, $13.5 million jet is an upgraded G100 (itself the former Astra SPX).
Aviation Technology Group’s Javelin twinjet prototype completed its maiden flight from Denver Centennial Airport on September 30. At 7:50 a.m. MST, ATG operations v-p and chief test pilot Robert Fuschino lifted off from Runway 17L at Centennial and flew the very light jet prototype for 35 minutes.
Westport, Conn.-based Avocet Aircraft said it expects to make a “major announcement” at next month’s NBAA Convention on the progress of the ProJet very light jet contender.
Flight testing of the Gulfstream G150 S/N 201 is “proceeding as planned” at Israel Aircraft Industries’ (IAI) flight-test center at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. According to an IAI spokesman, at press time the midsize twinjet had logged 30 hours during eight flights, reaching a speed of 330 kcas/Mach 0.87 and 45,000 feet.