Two hangar construction workers were injured yesterday–one critically–when the steel frame of a new hangar they were erecting collapsed at Paulding County Airport, northwest of Atlanta. Winds were reported to have been gusting to more than 25 mph just before the structure fell. Under construction for the airport’s FBO, the Paulding Jet Center, the 35,000-sq-ft hangar was expected to be completed next month. OSHA is investigating.
Gulfstream Aerospace named Steven Meng as the regional sales manager for product support sales in Southern California yesterday. Based at the company’s Long Beach, Calif. facility, Meng will be responsible for the sale of maintenance, paint and interior upgrades as well as avionics modifications to Gulfstream and non-Gulfstream operators in Los Angeles, San Diego and the surrounding areas. Previously he was a senior internal sales manager for product support sales at the Long Beach facility.
Gulfstream Aerospace is set to expand its preowned aircraft sales division to include aircraft brokerage services. The company will draw on its worldwide customer and sales prospect database to facilitate its new offering, and says it will keep tabs on the global used aircraft market to ensure listings it sources are “competitively priced.”
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded more than $2 million in state funds to Macon County Airport (1A5) in Franklin. The funds will be used to rebuild the aircraft parking ramp. Richard Walls, the state’s aviation director, said the improvement–along with a recently completed runway extension–will help serve the airport’s future needs. According to state accounting, the airport, which sees approximately 25 operations a day, has a total impact of nearly $8 million a year and supports more than 120 jobs.
Gulfstream Aerospace told AIN yesterday that the super-midsize G280 obtained provisional type certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) on December 29. “We are nearing provisional certification from the FAA,” a Gulfstream spokeswoman added.
The economy is getting better, which means some things may be getting worse. That’s how it appears as the business aviation industry slowly and haltingly starts to emerge from a long and deep recession and a search begins for skilled labor to fill the growing number of openings.
Gulfstream Aerospace has added a mobile support vehicle to its Brunswick, Ga. facility. A spokeswoman for the company said typically there are one to three technicians assigned to a support vehicle on a road trip, depending upon the situation. “In many cases an inspector will go with a technician [mechanical or electrical/avionics] and, if needed, even an interior technician could be dispatched,” she told AIN. The vehicle will cover an area equivalent to a maximum of about eight hours of driving time.
Independent fuel supplier AvFuel closed out last year with a bang, adding six new venues to its coast-to-coast network of dealers.
Now part of the company’s network are Executive Air, at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis; Midcoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield, in Hinesville, Ga.; Baer Air at Florida’s Melbourne International Airport; the San Luis Jet Center at San Luis County Regional Airport, in California; Transair Center, at Honolulu International Airport; and United States Aviation at Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma,
Gulfstream Aerospace will not disclose how many wide-cabin G650s it delivered last year until January 25, when parent company General Dynamics will hold its fourth-quarter investor conference call. Following FAA provisional certification of the G650 in mid-November, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer reconfirmed plans to deliver 10 to 12 G650s by the end of 2011. Investors are keen to find out if that target was met, especially in light of Gulfstream’s increasing importance to General Dynamics’s future growth.
Teddy Forstmann, the man who was credited with turning around Gulfstream Aerospace in the 1990s, died Sunday, reportedly from brain cancer. His investment firm, Forstmann Little, acquired Gulfstream in 1990 for $800 million.