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.
Executives from Gulfstream Aerospace were clearly starting to relax about the economic situation at a Dubai Airshow press conference here this week. The business aircraft manufacturer is banking on an upturn to ensure that its two new jets–the G250 and G650–prove real winners.
Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries publicly intro- duced the first example of the Gulfstream G250 at IAI’s facility on Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, two weeks before the opening of this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando.
Gulfstream isn’t shy about saying that the new wide-cabin G650 will not forever be the upper echelon of the Savannah, Ga.-based company’s aircraft line. “We are already working on product development beyond the G250 and G650; that’s not the end of the line,” Jay Johnson, president and CEO of Gulfstream parent General Dynamics, said last month. Recent U.S.
Gulfstream is not shy about the fact that the new wide-cabin G650 may be the first of a new jet family for the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer. In fact, Jay Johnson, president and CEO of Gulfstream parent General Dynamics, said as much at the Morgan Stanley Global Industrials Conference held early last month: “We are already working on product development beyond the G250 and G650–that’s not the end of the line.”
Avant Aerospace (Booth No. 1232), an independent supplier of Dassault Falcon Jet parts, has announced the signing of an exclusive marketing agreement with Salem, Wis.-based GDS Aero, a maker of aircraft parts, specialized tooling and ground-support equipment. A new GDS Aero product that Avant is displaying at NBAA here in Orlando is an improved APU firewall for the Falcon 2000, featuring 100-percent reparability without high-cost engineering.
Gulfstream Aerospace achieved significant milestones for not one but two new models–the G650 and G250–just weeks before the NBAA Convention opened, with both models taxiing toward assembled crowds under their own power for their respective public rollout ceremonies. Both jets are expected to make their first flights later this year and will be certified under new type certificates.
Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries publically introduced the first example of the Gulfstream G250 at IAI’s facility on Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, two weeks before the opening of this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando.
Joe Lombardo became president of Gulfstream Aerospace on April 9, 2007. He also serves as executive vice president of the General Dynamics aerospace group and was Gulfstream’s chief operating officer before becoming president. Before joining Gulfstream in 1996 as vice president of co-production, he served in leadership roles at Douglas Aircraft.