Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Team (Fast) pilots Marilyn Whicker and Ademar Calligaro recently completed airborne mission number 3,000, ten years after Gulfstream launched the first-of-its-kind airborne maintenance and support service in May 2002.The flight departed Savannah to deliver an APU fuel control unit to a G550 at its home base on Southwest Regional Airport in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Gulfstream Fast members can be dispatched 24 hours a day by airplane, train or vehicle to resolve maintenance issues. The team uses two dedicated aircraft to deliver flight-essential parts and/or technicians to operators whose aircraft are under warranty and located in North America, Central America or the Caribbean.
Gulfstream has two G100s, eight pilots and 15 technicians dedicated to the program, along with maintenance engineers in Europe (two in Geneva; one in Altenrhein, Switzerland; and one in Athens, Greece) and more than 20 mobile support vehicles throughout the U.S. and Europe. Behind-the-scenes logistical support includes personnel from Gulfstream technical operations, flight operations, parts sales and field service.