PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group has begun full-scale commercial production of Opticor transparency material at its Sylmar, Calif. facility. Opticor is being used in the cabin windows of the soon-to-be-certified Gulfstream G650. The company transferred pilot operations from the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center near Pittsburgh to expand production of the high-performance plastic for lightweight aircraft windows. Additionally, PPG will be displaying a G650 cabin window next week at the Farnborough International Airshow.
Indianapolis-based Eagle Creek Aviation Services received the 2011 Service Center of the Year Platinum Award from Twin Commander Aircraft. “The Twin Commander accounts for a significant amount of our sales and service business every year. We think it’s a great airplane and enjoy working on it,” Richard Branch, vice president of Eagle Creek Aviation, told AIN.
Greenwich AeroGroup and its affiliates have agreed to sell, support and install the Iridium OpenPort-Aero broadband aviation communications platform on business aviation aircraft, including helicopters. It expects installations to begin in the third quarter of 2012.
The formerly dominant North American market for large business jets is showing signs of regaining market share, according to U.S. manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace (Stand 7061).
Here at the EBACE show on Sunday, Gulfstream said 60 percent of its first-quarter sales came from the U.S. compared to 40 percent for international sales. Last year at this time, 70 percent of Gulfstream sales were outside the U.S.
First-quarter revenues at General Dynamics’s aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, climbed by 20 percent from a year ago, to $1.62 billion, while segment profits ascended 17.8 percent to $271 million.
Gulfstream Aerospace views India as a long-term growth market for its business jets, regional senior vice president of international sales for South America and the Far East Roger Sperry said yesterday at India Aviation 2012. Gulfstream is displaying a midsize G150 and large-cabin G450 at the show, which is being held in Hyderabad until Sunday.
Gulfstream Aerospace named Steven Meng as the regional sales manager for product support sales in Southern California yesterday. Based at the company’s Long Beach, Calif. facility, Meng will be responsible for the sale of maintenance, paint and interior upgrades as well as avionics modifications to Gulfstream and non-Gulfstream operators in Los Angeles, San Diego and the surrounding areas. Previously he was a senior internal sales manager for product support sales at the Long Beach facility.
Gulfstream Aerospace is set to expand its preowned aircraft sales division to include aircraft brokerage services. The company will draw on its worldwide customer and sales prospect database to facilitate its new offering, and says it will keep tabs on the global used aircraft market to ensure listings it sources are “competitively priced.”
Aero Sekur (Booth No. 8043), which specializes in safety systems and advanced flexible structures for the aerospace and defense markets, is displaying a range of helicopter safety products at Heli-Expo’12.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Christopher Ellender as a senior regional sales manager for product support sales. Ellender is based at the Gulfstream facility in Luton, England, and reports to Jeff Hill, Gulfstream’s director of international product support sales. Ellender is responsible for maintenance sales to Gulfstream operators in Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Most recently, Ellender led the Global aircraft sales and acquisitions division for FirstFlight.