The super-midsize Gulfstream G280, a joint project between Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), obtained full FAA and Israeli type certification today. This was an on-time arrival for Gulfstream, which had promised such approval in the third quarter. The aircraft received provisional type certification from Israel’s CAAI on December 29 and from the FAA on March 1.
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Gulfstream Aerospace has enrolled more than 140 aircraft in its Flight Operations Risk Management Service (Forms) program, providing operators with access to data that can reduce operational hazards. Among its benefits, Forms data can be used to analyze airport-specific approach procedures that can challenge pilots. The larger the Forms database becomes, the better Gulfstream is able to identify trends and implement corrective measures through education and training, it said. Gulfstream’s Forms database now includes operational details on more than 25,000 flights.
Gulfstream’s G650, the U.S. manufacturer’s largest, fastest flying jet, made its first transoceanic crossing to appear here at the EBACE show, having touched down at Geneva Airport on Saturday evening. Both the G650 and the super mid-size G280, which landed Saturday morning, are making their European debuts. They flew in from Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International. Gulfstream intends to apply for city-pair speed records from the U.S.
Rolls-Royce has named Metrojet, the Hong Kong-based business jet operator and maintenance provider, as the first authorized service center for its BR710 series engine in Asia. The engine powers Gulfstream V/500/550 and Bombardier Global Express series aircraft.
Gulfstream is on track to open its new service center in Beijing Capital International Airport by the end of this year.
Gulfstream Aerospace views India as a long-term growth market for its business jets, regional senior vice president of international sales for South America and the Far East Roger Sperry said yesterday at India Aviation 2012. Gulfstream is displaying a midsize G150 and large-cabin G450 at the show, which is being held in Hyderabad until Sunday.
Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners finalized its acquisition of ground support equipment manufacturer Tronair yesterday. The Holland, Ohio-based company makes more than 1,000 products–including towbars, electric tugs, tripod jacks, de-icer carts, lavatory servicing equipment, potable water carts and engine inlet covers–for more than 300 business aircraft, military aircraft and airliners.
It is with some justification that Theodore “Teddy” Forstmann, the founder of Forstmann Little & Company, is described in aviation circles as “the man who saved Gulfstream.”
Class warfare is much in the headlines of late, and there’s a sort of parallel in business aviation. While the wealthiest citizens and corporations are sitting on mounds of cash for fear of investing it in the wrong place in troubled times, the middle class, the poor and many small businesses are feeling the financial deprivation of this downturn day-to-day. So goes it in the hierarchy of business-jet manufacturers.
Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics announced last month that Larry Flynn will succeed Joe Lombardo as president of the Savannah-based airframer, starting September 1.