Gulfstream Aerospace named Jim Tait vice president of sales operations and analysis. He will oversee customer relationship management, commercial contracts, market research, aircraft pricing, residual-value analysis and customer financial support. Tait joined Gulfstream in 1999 as a senior financial controller and was promoted to director of financial planning and analysis in 2000. He has more than 25 years of experience in the engineering, defense and aviation industries, focusing on long- and short-range business plans, trend analysis, financial outlooks and pricing strategies.
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There are now four Gulfstream G650 jets owned by Russian billionaires, but one of these is currently grounded as a result of U.S. economic sanctions against Russia. The aircraft in question is owned by oil and gas entrepreneur Gennady Timchenko, who was blacklisted earlier this year by U.S. government sanctions due to his close associations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s biggest customer relations event, the biennial Operators and Suppliers Conference, is scheduled for June 9 to 12 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The event focuses on safety, operational issues and technical updates for all personnel involved in the operation of Gulfstream aircraft. The conference also serves as a forum for customer feedback and ideas.
Gulfstream Aerospace has established a four-year college scholarship for eligible seniors attending West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) in Grand Rapids. WMAA is a tuition-free public charter high school that offers an aviation education, along with a “rigorous” academic curriculum.
Gulfstream will award a $60,000 scholarship to one WMAA graduating senior each year from 2014 to 2017, totaling $240,000. Students will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance and enrollment in an aviation-related degree path at an accredited higher education institution.
Over the past six years, Gulfstream Aerospace has enjoyed seven-fold growth in the Russia and CIS market, with the number of its aircraft based in the region rising from 11 in 2007 to 76 as of the end of June this year. According to Trevor Esling, the U.S. manufacturer’s senior vice president for international sales, this year’s first half proved to be the slowest period for Russia and CIS sales since the financial crisis of 2009 briefly unsettled this growth market. But he has high hopes for an uptick in the remainder of this year.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced today at EBACE that it is bolstering its sales and marketing presence in Europe as the Gulfstream fleet continues to expand there. As part of this effort, Gulfstream is opening a new sales and design center in London’s exclusive Mayfair district next month. In addition, Gulfstream has appointment four new company-authorized independent sales representatives in Europe and Africa: Tim Leacock Aircraft Sales in the UK; ATP Aviation in Ankara, Turkey; Loyd’s Aviation Group in Slovakia, Czech Republic; and Evergreen Apple Nigeria in Lagos.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced yesterday at EBACE that it is bolstering its sales, marketing and aircraft support presence in Europe as the Gulfstream fleet continues to expand, apparently unabated by any lingering economic uncertainty. In fact, there are now 246 Gulfstreams based in Europe–182 in Western Europe and 64 in Eastern Europe–more than double the number as recently as 2006, the U.S. aircraft manufacturer said.
Gulfstream senior vice president of programs, engineering and test Preston Henne will retire, effective March 31. Henne, who turned 65 last year, joined Gulfstream in 1994 and has since led the teams responsible for the design, development, test and certification of the Gulfstream V, G550 and flagship G650, among others. Dan Nale, Gulfstream’s vice president of advanced aircraft programs, will take over Henne’s position on April 1. Nale is a 10-year Gulfstream veteran who has overseen development of various next-generation aircraft at the company.
Gulfstream Aerospace has come to MEBA on the crest of a wave with deliveries of 104 large-cabin jets forecast by the end of the year, albeit “green” aircraft ready for completion and painting for customers. The company has brought a G450 and G550 to the MEBA static display but was unable to fly a G650 or the new G280 to Dubai, because it is focusing on delivering these new jets to customers.
Stevens Aviation has added the Gulfstream III, IV and IV-SP to its Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., maintenance capabilities. The program is being led by Gulfstream veteran Rick Screen, who held management positions within Gulfstream Aerospace and West Star Aviation before joining Stevens Aviation as its Gulfstream program manager. The MRO offers Gulfstream inspections and maintenance, structural repairs, avionics, interior refurbishment and has a 24/7 mobile maintenance team.
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