The recession has caused the cancellation of some business aircraft programs and the slowdown in the development of others. Gulfstream, on the other hand, made the strategic decision to stay on course in its development of its new super-midsize G250 and long-range, large-cabin G650.
AIN has learned that Gulfstream Aerospace is working on new designs that may leverage elements of the new G650. One source speculated that a shorter G650 fuselage with new engines could provide a modern replacement for the G450/G550. Another source said that engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney and GE are proposing new engines for Gulfstream’s next jet program.
Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124A, Norfolk Island, Australia, Nov. 18, 2009–While on an aeromedical flight from Apia, Samoa, to Melbourne, Australia, the crew of the Australian-registered twinjet attempted a scheduled fuel stop at Norfolk Island Airport, where weather conditions had deteriorated considerably during the course of the flight.
irworthiness Directive 2009-25-02, requiring owners of 690, 690A and 690B Twin Commanders (with the exception of six serial number-specific aircraft) to have their aircraft inspected for corrosion between the upper wing skin panels and engine mount beam support straps. The inspection must be performed within
the next 150 hours time in service beginning January 8, or by Jan. 8, 2011, whichever comes first.
Tim Ashenfelter, owner of MSP Jet Center, has a history of finding opportunity in an economic downturn, and last year proved no different. With the aviation industry suffering, GDAS (General Dynamics Aviation Services), the major service provider on Minneapolis International Airport, vacated its maintenance facility, leaving 70 mechanics and 20 administrative people unemployed.
Twin Commander Aircraft has completed its relocation from Arlington, Wash., to Creedmoor, N.C. The company has been fulfilling parts orders from Creedmoor since last November.
Twin Commander Aircraft completed its relocation from Arlington, Wash., to Creedmoor, N.C. The company moved to capitalize on North Carolina’s increasing status as an eastern hub for aerospace manufacturing activity. Twin Commander Aircraft was acquired by Firstmark, and Creedmoor (located approximately 20 miles north of Raleigh) is the site of Firstmark’s 70,000-sq-ft operations center, according to Twin Commander president Matt Isley.
Business aviation pioneer Dee Howard died on February 11 in San Antonio. He was 84. Howard started his own company, Howard Aero, in 1947 and began converting Lockheed B-34/PV-1 Venturas into an executive transport known as the Howard 250. His Super Ventura mod became the Howard 350, and then he turned his attention to the Howard 500, a pressurized nearly scratch-built radial-engine twin that competed with Grumman’s Gulfstream turboprop twin.
Gulfstream Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) flew the super-midsize G250 for the first time on December 11, and at press time were expecting the new airplane to fly again, weather permitting. This second flight could see the Honeywell HTF7250G-powered twinjet reach 40,000 feet and Mach 0.8, according to IAI chief test pilot Ronen Shapira.
Gulfstream Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) flew the G250 super-midsize business jet for the first time today, fulfilling a promise made earlier this year to fly the airplane before the end of 2009. The milestone completes Gulfstream’s goal to fly both its completely new G650 ultra-long-range jet and the G250, which is a derivative of the G200 (the former IAI Galaxy), before year-end.