A 14-year production run came to a close when the last Gulfstream G200 rolled off the final-phase assembly line at the manufacturer’s assembly plant in Dallas last month. That airplane is scheduled for customer delivery before year-end. The G200, initially certified by the FAA in 1998, was originally introduced as the Galaxy by Israel Aircraft Industries subsidiary Galaxy Aerospace, which Gulfstream acquired in 2001.
Ruedi Kraft has been named vice president of market development and completion sales for Jet Aviation Basel effective December 1. In his new role, Kraft will oversee sales for the completion business in the EMEA and Asia region. He joins the company from Gulfstream Aerospace, where he had been regional vice president for the Middle East & North Africa since 2002.
Gulfstream Aerospace is on final approach for certification of its wide-cabin G650. At the 2011 Dubai Air Show, AIN contributing editor James Wynbrandt caught up with Gulfstream president Larry Flynn to get the latest update on the ultra-long-range jet program, as well as the aircraft’s manufacturer’s view of the business jet market in the Middle East.
General Dynamics reported third-quarter earnings yesterday, and chairman and CEO Jay Johnson said the company’s aerospace group–Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation–saw “continued emerging market customer interest and improved aircraft service volume” in the quarter.
Class warfare is much in the headlines of late, and there’s a sort of parallel in business aviation. While the wealthiest citizens and corporations are sitting on mounds of cash for fear of investing it in the wrong place in troubled times, the middle class, the poor and many small businesses are feeling the financial deprivation of this downturn day-to-day. So goes it in the hierarchy of business-jet manufacturers.
In-flight connectivity specialist Aircell (Booth No. N3527) has been selected by Gulfstream to provide the Aircell Axxess communication system for the new large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650.
Aircell Axxess provides global voice service and narrow-band data capabilities via the Iridium Satellite network. Integrated cabin handsets allow passengers and crew to place calls to, and receive calls from, anyplace in the world.
Rockwell Collins v-p of sales and marketing for commercial systems Colin Mahoney took the floor yesterday during a media conference at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas to emphasize “exponential growth in electronics technology” and Rockwell’s most recent steps to stay ahead of the power curve.
Piaggio Aero general manager Eligio Trombetta announced that the company is currently working several new product upgrade programs for its P.180 Avanti II twin turboprop pusher, including new and quieter propellers, an improved environmental control system (ECS), a digital cabin management system (CMS) and anti-skid brakes.
Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics announced last month that Larry Flynn will succeed Joe Lombardo as president of the Savannah-based airframer, starting September 1.
GreenpointTechnologies of Kirkland, Wash., has acquired T.R. Reed Enterprises, a Texas precision machining facility specializing in corporate aircraft interiors.
According to Greenpoint executive v-p Sloan Benson, “The purchase of T.R. Reed Enterprises provides Greenpoint with additional capacity for our internal cabinet and aero-structures facility as well as our core VIP completion projects.”