Freedom Aero Service, a new repair station founded by former Weco Aerospace Systems employees, received FAA certification on January 29. Freedom Aero offers helicopter and business jet electrical and electronic component and instrument repair and overhaul. The company plans to move to Sacramento-McClellan Airpark, where Freedom Aero has leased a 24,000-sq-ft former military repair facility.
Yankee Pacific Aerospace has merged two of its holdings– Executive Aircraft Completions (EAC) and Cabin Innovations– into a single division called Cabin Innovations. The new company’s design, engineering and certification office will remain in Tulsa, Okla., with a production and engineering office based at Cabin Innovations’ new 39,630-sq-ft facility in Lewisville, Texas.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently launched BudgetPlus, a parts subscription service that offers mid-cabin Gulfstream owners and operators a way to manage their annual maintenance costs. The launch formalizes a pilot program Gulfstream introduced in 2005.
Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a replacement for the troublesome Sundstrand environmental control unit (ECU) for JetProp models (840, 900, 980 and 1000). The replacement system is based on an improved version of the Enviro Systems ECU. The original Enviro ECU was developed in conjunction with Gulfstream Aerospace when it was producing JetProps as a warranty replacement for factory-installed Sundstrands.
The second phase of a new Savannah Service Center for Gulfstream Aerospace is under way and slated to enter service by next year’s third quarter. According to Gulfstream, it will be the largest maintenance facility in the world built specifically for business jets.
Gulfstream Aerospace at the NBAA Convention last month took the wraps off the G250, a successor to the G200 (née Galaxy), marking the second new aircraft launch this year for the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer. The $24 million derivative is expected to address several shortcomings of Gulfstream’s super-midsize business jet offering, including runway performance, range and the lack of a hot-wing de-icing system.
Morro Vermelho Taxi Aereo (MVTA) in São Paulo, Brazil, has been added to Gulfstream Aerospace’s international product-support network. The Brazil-based company will distribute aircraft parts to Gulfstream operators located in or traveling through South America.
Gulfstream Aerospace this morning unveiled the G250 to succeed the G200 (née Galaxy), which was the first super-midsize business jet to enter service–back in January 2000. This marks the second new aircraft launch this year for the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer, following the official go-ahead for the ultra-large-cabin G650 in March.
Gulfstream Aerospace, in late August, opened the second phase of its new R&D center in Savannah, Ga., dedicating the facility to the efforts of its research and development employees over the 50 years that took the company to its half century this year. Federal, state and local dignitaries joined Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics chairman and CEO Nicholas Chabraja and Gulfstream top management to participate in the opening.
Driven by growth in turbine engine overhaul contracts, Standard Aero has broken ground for an 80,000-sq-ft expansion of its Winnipeg facility.