Gulfstream G150 OK’d for Steep Approaches

 - February 9, 2010, 12:15 PM

The FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week certified the Gulfstream G150 for a steep-approach angle of up to six degrees versus the normal approach angles of 3.5 degrees or less. Several airports worldwide–including London City Airport–require steep-approach certification to land at their facilities due to terrain, obstacles or local noise ordinances. In other news, the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer named Dan Nale vice president of advanced aircraft programs, a new department. His duties as vice president of mid-cabin programs have been assigned to Stan Dixon, who is being promoted from director of mid-cabin programs. Nale started his Gulfstream career in 1985 as a structural analysis engineer and has held increasingly responsible engineering positions within the company. He was appointed vice president of engineering in 1996 and then v-p of mid-cabin programs in 2003. The move is important since Gulfstream has been researching supersonic boom mitigation and other supersonic-related technologies. Additionally, Gulfstream is thought to be working on G700- and G800-series aircraft, though it has not formally announced or launched these programs, and it is unknown if either will employ the supersonic technologies that the company has developed.