Gulfstream II Life-extension Program Approved
Gulfstream Aerospace received FAA approval of an aircraft service change (ASC) for the Gulfstream II fuselage, effectively extending the life of the airframe from 20,000 to 36,000 flight hours. Life-extension work on the Gulfstreams, consisting primarily of inspections, will initially be done at Gulfstream’s main Savannah, Ga. facility but will eventually be expanded to other sites. A spokesman said a nominal cost would be $250,000, “depending on the condition of the aircraft.” Downtime ranges from 10 days to four weeks, again depending on the condition of the airplane when it arrives. Gulfstream is also working on an ASC approval for the Gulfstream III, he added, noting, “We’ll extend [the program] to all our aircraft, progressively.” There are currently 256 GIIs and 202 GIIIs in service worldwide.