Gulfstream Aerospace, which experienced a 12-percent increase in aircraft production last year compared with 2004 and expects that growth to continue, revealed plans yesterday for a $300 million expansion of manufacturing and service facilities at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters. This project, to unfold over the next seven years, includes a new 570,000-sq-ft service center–more than twice the size of the existing center.
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Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated is closing its Long Island, N.Y. and Columbus, Ohio facilities. The engine work at Long Island, as well as at Springfield, Ill., will move to company facilities in Augusta, Ga., Houston and Los Angeles. Long Island’s airframe work and Columbus’s avionics work will go to the company’s Springfield operation.
Gulfstream parent General Dynamics’ second-quarter revenues totaled $5.2 billion, a 12-percent year-over-year gain propelled mostly by a 33-percent increase in earnings at the Savannah, Ga. aircraft manufacturer. The OEM delivered 22 completed aircraft–14 large-cabin and eight midsize jets–in the second quarter versus 18 (15 large, three midsize) in the same period last year.
A 27-percent increase in orders to 121 aircraft last year, compared with orders for 95 aircraft in 2004, and a further expected increase in sales is prompting Gulfstream to increase production. The Savannah, Ga.-based OEM expects to deliver a record 111 business jets this year and 127 next year. Gulfstream delivered 78 green aircraft in 2004 versus 89 last year, the most deliveries since the record 101 in 2001.
Under the terms of an agreement signed by Gulfstream Aerospace and FlightSafety International (FSI), FSI will provide systems training to Gulfstream techs working at any of the 14 authorized maintenance facilities (AMF). Gulfstream will provide AMFs 40 hours of FSI training for one technician per model category for which the facility is authorized.
Savannah Air Center in Savannah, Ga., recently broke ground for a new structure that will house its expanded interior fabrication shop. The 19,000-sq-ft facility–to include upholstery, interior fabrication, carpet layout, engineering and supporting offices–is scheduled for completion by September.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced its G200 MSG-3 scheduled maintenance program has received approvals from the FAA and the Civil Aviation Administration of Israel.
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