Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss has announced plans for a $300 million, seven-year expansion of the company’s manufacturing and service facilities in Savannah, Ga. The facility’s square footage will increase approximately 70 percent by 2012, resulting in an increase of about 1,100 jobs, a 25-percent jump from the current employment level of 4,300 people.
Aviation International News » April 2006
Immaculate Flight, a nationwide aircraft detailing company, has announced it is expanding its aircraft cleaning and detailing services into the Colorado Springs and Denver area this month. Complete detailing services will be offered at Colorado Springs Municipal, Jeffco, Centennial and Front Range airports. The company offers its services 24/7 and currently operates cleaning stations in 13 states.
CAE is relocating its Sikorsky S-76 and Gulfstream IV simulators from its SimuFlite facility in Dallas, to its new business aviation training center near Morristown, N.J. to have them closer to the high concentration of these aircraft in the Northeast. The facility, shown here in an artist’s rendition, is under construction and scheduled to be completed this fall.
The Small Airplane Transportation System (SATS) demonstration came to what most consider a successful conclusion last summer with demonstration flights and exhibits in Danville, Va., but where the technology goes from here is anybody’s guess.
At a briefing at February’s Heli-Expo in Dallas, members of the industry’s newly formed International Helicopter Safety Team briefed delegates on their strategy to drive an 80-percent improvement in rotorcraft safety statistics in the next 10 years. An FAA representative told AIN that a “one size fits all” or prescriptive approach to setting new standards would not work.
Late last month Sikorsky said it remained “open for business” as a strike by production workers entered its second month. At press time the Teamsters union members had rejected a revised offer from management.
Bell’s new high-performance main rotor system flew for the first time at Mirabel, Canada, at the end of February. By flying the system, the OEM met a 2005 commitment to demonstrate seven key features of the 429 light twin within 12 months.
Avidyne has launched a range of active surveillance traffic systems for helicopters, with prices beginning at $9,900–less than half the cost of competing systems.
Sikorsky is to open a third engineering design center to support its aftermarket, commercial and U.S. government business. By the end of the year the facility in Bozeman, Mont., will employ 40 engineers and have room for growth. There, engineers will perform targeted airframe and subsystem detail design activities, to support anticipated growth of the OEM’s commercial and military programs and related aftermarket services.
Honeywell has announced plans to build an FAA-certified, 1,800-shp version of its military T53 turbo-shaft engine to fit the recently certified Bell 210.