Gulfstream Aerospace has established a satellite flight department in Hong Kong to support Gulfstream operators in Asia, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced today at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. Five pilots–three large-cabin demonstration pilots, one mid-cabin demonstration pilot and a chief pilot–staff the office.
The pilots will work closely with customers and their local aircraft management companies to facilitate the transfer of Gulfstreams into the region. They will also assist in the transit of aircraft to and from the U.S., provide entry-into-service flying for customers and support regional airshows.
“The move reflects Gulfstream’s continued commitment to assisting customers around the world,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of sales and marketing Scott Neal. “Our operators in Asia can leverage the collective experience of our pilots, who will work with their aircraft management company to ensure their aircraft delivery and entry-into-service are as smooth as possible.”
The flight department personnel are located in Gulfstream’s Hong Kong product support office, which is near Hong Kong International Airport. “We selected Hong Kong because of its central location, providing us access to India, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia,” Neal said. “Putting a flight department there broadens our availability to customers.”
According to the company, about 200 Gulfstreams are registered in the Asia-Pacific region.