Friedrichshafen International Airport, in far southern Germany near the Austrian and Swiss borders, is the site of the newest Twin Commander factory-authorized international service center. “We have about 35 Commanders operating in Europe, and Airplus currently services 10 to 12 of them,” Matt Isley, president of Twin Commander Aircraft, told AIN.
Gulfstream Aerospace promoted Greg Collett to v-p of initial phase operations and Austin Shontz to v-p of final phase operations. Collett oversees initial phase manufacturing of large-cabin Gulfstreams and is responsible for advanced programs, advanced manufacturing technology and operations at the Mexicali facility.
Gulfstream Aerospace this week celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first flight of the Gulfstream IV, which the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer said is “the best-selling” large-cabin, long-range business jet in the world. On Sept. 19, 1985, three months ahead of schedule, the aircraft took off from Savannah (Ga.) International Airport, just eight days after it was rolled out at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Savannah.
“There’s a fair amount of caution out there, but we're seeing steady activity at our aerospace division, which consists of Gulfstream and Jet Aviation,” Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream and Jet Aviation parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday at the Morgan Stanley Global Industrials Unplugged Conference. Backlog for current-production large-cabin Gulfstreams is “about where we want to be” at 18 months, he noted.
Midcoast Aviation is absorbing the operations of sister company Savannah Air Center to “consolidate our talents into a single center of excellence,” according to Midcoast president Donald Petersen.
Twin Commander Aircraft has begun planning for the 10th edition of its Twin Commander University owner/operator conference. The event will be held next year at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla., from April 28 to 30.
Identifying strengths and spinning them off into new profit centers is one of the key elements of corporate growth, and that is precisely what Jim Spinder has done at Atlantic Aero, where he is president and COO.
Deer Jet, China’s largest business-jet charter operator, has been named by Gulfstream Aerospace to support the OEM’s growing fleet of Gulfstreams in China. Beijing-based Deer Jet owns three G550s, two GVs, four GIVs and four G200s.
General Dynamics yesterday reported first-quarter 2010 earnings from continuing operations of $599 million, up from $593 million for the same period in 2009, giving much of the credit to gains in the aerospace business segment, which consists of Gulfstream, Jet Aviation and General Dynamics Aviation Services. “It was a good first quarter,” said GD president and CEO Jay Johnson in an investor conference call.
Gulfstream Aerospace president Joe Lombardo started his career in aerospace at Douglas Aircraft in 1975, where he held leadership positions in production and material control, planning and manufacturing, and was general manager of twinjet production. He joined Gulfstream in 1996 as vice president of co-production, where he was responsible for the ramp-up and dual production of the Gulfstream IV-SP and V.