Gulfstream Aerospace said the two fleet-leading G150s, which are both owned and operated by a U.S.-based multinational energy company, recently combined to surpass 10,000 flight hours. This achievement was accomplished without incident and took only five years, Gulfstream noted. The midsize business jet entered service in August 2006, and some 100 G150s are flying with operators in the U.S., Canada, Central America, South America, Europe and Asia. The entire fleet has accumulated more than 130,000 flight hours and more than 90,000 landings.
Safe Flight Instrument’s AutoPower autothrottle system has made its way onto the Gulfstream G150 (and via retrofit the G200). The STCed system, available as a factory-new option or via retrofit from authorized Gulfstream service centers, can extend the aircraft’s range or payload with its fuel savings. “You can take one extra passenger and his bags on a flight because of the fuel savings from the AutoPower system,” said sales manager Ken Bannon.
Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced product-specific mobile applications for each type currently in production. The apps for the Gulfstream G150, G280, G450, G550 and G650 are available now in the Apple App Store.
Each app features interactive elements, including an introduction to the aircraft in the form of an interactive brochure; an interactive worldwide city-pair range map; worldwide product support information; and an extensive photo gallery.
Safe Flight Instrument announced that West Star Aviation has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Safe Flight’s AutoPower automatic throttle system on the Hawker Beechcraft 750/800/850/900 business jet series.
Signaling its commitment to sustainability, Gulfstream flew its entire demonstration aircraft fleet–a G150, G280, G450, G550 and G650–to the NBAA Convention this week in Orlando, Fla., with both engines on each airplane burning a 50-50 blend of biofuel and jet-A. Each gallon of camelina-based Honeywell UOP Green Jet Fuel burned instead of petroleum-derived jet fuel reduces the carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions by 68 percent, based on life-cycle analysis, Gulfstream said.
The leadership at Gulfstream was wearing out their dancing shoes yesterday at media conference. If there had been champagne, it would have flowed freely. The highlight was the presence for the first time at an NBAA show of a newly certified G650 and G280, backed by a $16 billion backlog and news of revenues up 30 percent in the third quarter. Gulfstream expects to begin making customer deliveries of both the G650 and G280 before year-end 2012, further padding a year that saw 78 green deliveries in the first three quarters, 18 more than in the same period in 2011.
An FAA review has found that some Gulfstream Aerospace G150s might not meet the takeoff requirements contained in the type’s airplane flight manual (AFM) because data for runway slope and anti-ice corrections to V1 and takeoff distances were originally “developed in a non-conservative manner.”
Crediting participation in LABACE for much of its success in the Latin American aviation market, Gulfstream Aerospace is at the show this year with a broad representation of its range of business jets: the G550, G450 and the G150.
The ops specs for Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., MRO facility now include Gulfstream service and maintenance for the G150, GIV and G500 series. The MRO provider says the addition is indicative of its steady economic recovery, which may prompt more construction in the near future.
Quebec City-based Gal Aviation and Mena Aerospace Enterprises of Bahrain have joined to form Galmena. The joint venture, based in Bahrain, provides comprehensive services for corporate aircraft, including executive airliner interior design, refurbishment and installation.