Gulfstream Aerospace donated a G100 and other aircraft components to Savannah Technical College last week. The aircraft is a former Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Teams (Fast) aircraft that flew technicians and parts to AOG customers. Gulfstream also donated fly-by-wire components, including manifolds and actuators, from a G650, as well as a flap assembly and fuselage panel assembly from a G450. The aircraft and components will be used as training tools in the college’s aviation programs.
Gulfstream Aerospace has made enhancements to its field and airborne support teams (Fast), the company’s program that helps Gulfstream operators in aircraft-on-ground (AOG) situations by dispatching technicians and maintenance engineers by airplane, train or automobile.
The company recently upgraded its Fast aircraft, replacing two Gulfstream G100s with two G150s. The aircraft transport technicians and flight-essential parts across the U.S., Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. Gulfstream maintains a G100 as a backup for the airborne maintenance service.
Gulfstream has expanded its airborne product support program, with a second G100 and three additional pilots and two technicians to support AOG customers. Gulfstream introduced its airborne aircraft maintenance and support program in May 2002 and makes dedicated aircraft available 24/7 to deliver flight-essential parts or technicians to customers whose aircraft are under warranty in North America and the Caribbean.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently expanded its product support organization with the opening of an In-Flight Support Center, the centerpiece of which is three FlightSafety International-built flight-deck simulators that can mirror what is happening in flight.
Switzerland’s Altenrhein Aviation (Booth No. 671) managed to keep up income levels during 2009, in good part due to growth in the support work it is now doing for Gulfstream’s midsize jets. The St.
Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries on October 6 rolled out the new Gulfstream G250 at IAI’s facility on Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, an event I was fortunate to attend. The G250 has its roots in the G200, which was formerly the Galaxy.
Available business jet inventories dropped 2 percent last month, the second sequential decline in three months following 18 months of consecutive increases, according to a business jet report issued by UBS Investment Research this afternoon. Despite the decline, available inventories are still at 17 percent of the in-service fleet, some 36 percent higher than August last year.
Eight full-time technicians have been assigned to Gulfstream Aerospace’s airborne product support program. Previously the company asked for volunteers to handle each occurrence. “The system was a bit random and the technicians were not always ready for immediate dispatch. They are now assigned to duty shifts and are packed and ready for immediate dispatch,” a company spokesman told AIN.
An aircraft on ground (AOG) event is an inconvenience operators want to fix swiftly, and OEMs and independent companies are launching mobile service teams to get airplanes back in the air as soon as possible.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently completed its 2,000th airborne product support flight, achieving the milestone seven years after introducing the on-demand maintenance service in May 2002.
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