CRS Jet Spares has increased its overall line item inventory level by 33 percent this year, despite the economy, according to founder and CEO Armando Leighton Jr. “The downturn in the economy has provided us with opportunities to increase our inventory and prepare for the future.
At a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Global Industrial Conference last month, General Dynamics chief Jay Johnson said that his company’s aerospace division–namely Gulfstream and Jet Aviation–hit their troughs last year. He said the prospects for both companies this year are good, and he expects next year to be a strong growth year, especially for Gulfstream.
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and officials from the county airport authority last month confirmed that they have begun talks with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Gulfstream International Airlines to restore nonstop air service from Pittsburgh International Airport to several regional communities.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the partnership of MedAire (Booth No. 775) and Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth No. 275), through which the Phoenix-based MedAire has been providing Gulfstream operators with medical equipment, medical training and 24/7 access to MedAire’s hospital-based MedLink Global Response Center. Gulfstream includes the MedAire package with the purchase of each new Gulfstream aircraft.
Gulfstream Aerospace achieved significant milestones for not one but two new models–the G650 and G250–just weeks before the NBAA Convention opened, with both models taxiing toward assembled crowds under their own power for their respective public rollout ceremonies. Both jets are expected to make their first flights later this year and will be certified under new type certificates.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently received an expansion of its Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) to include final-phase manufacturing and service-center work at its headquarters in Savannah as well as its facilities in Appleton, Wis.; Brunswick, Ga.; Dallas; and Long Beach, Calif.
Gulfstream Aerospace last week marked the service entry of the 500th Gulfstream outfitted with the manufacturer’s enhanced vision system (EVS). This milestone was reached eight years after the Savannah, Ga.-based company began offering the flight-deck safety technology to large-cabin Gulfstream operators.
The FAA has approved the Gulfstream Aerospace Long Beach, Calif. facility to perform engine and APU maintenance on the Gulfstream G150. It was previously approved to perform only airframe maintenance. “Being able to service the entire Gulfstream fleet at Long Beach is important,” said Mark Burns, Gulfstream president for product support.
The first wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 is quickly taking shape at the business jet manufacturer’s Savannah, Ga. facility, the company said. “The speed and ease with which the wing join, engine mount and fuselage components, including the empennage, came together is a tribute to the people who designed and manufactured these major parts,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of programs, engineering and test Pres Henne.
Gulfstream Aerospace has reintroduced its “Meet the Quote” spare parts price-matching program. Originally launched in 2004, the program this time will be in effect through the end of this month.
The program includes the most popular exchange parts, says Gulfstream, including valves, alternators, regulator and brake assemblies, actuators and display units, for the entire line of Gulfstream jets.