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.
Gulfstream G150 OK’d for Steep Approaches
- February 9, 2010, 12:15 PM