“It’s a good improvement year over year,” said Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss at the company’s press conference here, commenting on the company’s steady growth in sales and deliveries. For 2006, Gulfstream is expecting to deliver 39 mid-size jets and 72 large-cabin jets, up from 26 and 63 last year. Next year, Gulfstream plans to deliver 48 mid-size and 79 large-cabin jets, Moss said.
Proposed funding cuts that could affect NASA’s ability to conduct aeronautics research–including work on the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS)–continue to draw fire from lawmakers, aerospace officials and academia.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s European service center at London Luton Airport has received Part 145 approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The approval clears Gulfstream to provide line maintenance for any business jet. It already does significant amounts of work on Citations, Falcons and Hawkers since it acquired the former Signature Flight Support facility from the UK’s BBA Group in April 2003.
Joseph Patrick Smith III and Thomas Edward Smith, formerly employed at Smyth Aerospace Manufacturing, recently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit aircraft parts fraud. The company, which had offices in Phoenix and Shannon, Ireland, purchased used aircraft parts, refurbished them and then resold them as either certified new or unused government surplus.
Twin Commander Aircraft, the Arlington, Wash. firm that supports the Twin Commander fleet, has been purchased by Jim Matheson, who has taken over as president and CEO, replacing Jeff Cousins, who left the company. Matheson was general manager of Twin Commander Aircraft from 1993 to 1997, when he became group vice president of Twin Commander’s managing service company, Precision Aerospace Services.
Standard Aero has appointed CRS Jet Spares, a worldwide distributor of aftermarket support and services, a component distribution center for the Honeywell GTCP APU Series 36.
Atlantic Aero of Greensboro, N.C., expanded its FBO and maintenance/mod operation recently to include aircraft interior completion and refurbishment. With a “substantial” backlog, the company expects to open a 9,000-sq-ft shop on October 30 that will consolidate all the interiors disciplines, including cabinetry and upholstery.
China’s Aviation Authority has taken delivery of two new Cessna Citation XLSs. One is to be used for transporting government officials and the other for flight inspection work at the country’s airports. The flight inspection aircraft was fitted with an avionics package of hardware assembled by RVA Aerospace and installed by Kitchener Aero, both based in Ontario.
AIN’s annual product support report (scheduled this year for the August issue) can usually be counted on to generate an article or two downstream about how the low-ranking players say they are going about improving the way they take care of their customers after the sale.
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.