Gulfstream Aerospace President Bryan Moss made his company’s position on supersonic business jets clear at a Paris press conference yesterday when he said, “If you want to get me fired, just report that Gulfstream is developing a supersonic business jet.”
Bloomberg News reported on November 14 that, according to J.P. Morgan Securities analyst Joseph Nadol, fractional provider NetJets might have canceled its order for as many as 100 Gulfstream G150s. “Gulfstream’s backlog of funded orders from NetJets declined by about $600 million during the third quarter, which suggests NetJets canceled its G150 order announced in September 2002,” said Nadol.
When he died last year, Ray Siegfried II left Nordam with a clear target–to become a billion-dollar company. “We’re on track for that and we’re in attack mode,” said Rick Armstrong, vice president for international sales and marketing. And both the business aviation sector and the European marketplace represent big factors in this attack strategy, which is why the U.S. group is again exhibiting at the EBACE show.
B/E Aerospace (Booth No. 528), a leading manufacturer of cabin interior products for both airliners and business jets, is highlighting its lightweight Stratas passenger seat and new flex-arm LED reading light, along with other products, here at EBACE.
Gulfstream Aerospace is claiming a record for a G150 flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Geneva on May 1. A company flight-test airplane completed the 1,575-nm journey in three hours and 40 minutes, flying at an average cruise speed of Mach 0.82 against an average headwind of 25 knots. The crew comprised Gulfstream midsize aircraft advanced programs chief pilot Scott Evans and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) senior test pilot Yoram Geva.
Gulfstream appears to be off to a good start in meeting its projection to deliver this year 72 or 73 “large aircraft” (G350s, G450s, G500s and G550s). According to Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics, “We had orders for more aircraft, both in units and dollars, than we had in the year-ago quarter.” Gulfstream delivered 18 large aircraft in the first quarter compared with 14 in the same period last year.
Pentastar Aviation of Waterford, Michigan, has gained supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for dual installations of CMC Electronics’ PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers in the Gulfstream G100, G150, GII, GII, III, GIV GV and GV-SP business jets and Dassault Falcon 2000/2000EX. The STC also covers the Westwind, Astra and Astra SPX.
E-A-R Specialty Composites (Booth No. 5376), which specializes in aircraft interior noise control, has announced the recent completion and delivery of new interior noise suppression kits for the Challenger 850 and the Gulfstream G150. Two kits for the Challenger 850 were recently delivered to Lufthansa Technik for installation at the company’s Hamburg service facility.
CMC Electronics (Booth No. 1458) announced yesterday that Dassault now offers its PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) as a standard option on all new Falcon 2000DX, 2000EX, 900DX and 900EX aircraft. The class-2 EFB is mounted on the pilot or copilot side and certified for all phases of flight. Aircraft deliveries with the installed EFB began last March.
The new Gulfstream 150 business jet remains on schedule to be officially rolled out at Israel Aircraft Industries on January 18, make its first flight in May, receive FAA certification in the first quarter of next year and enter service in the third quarter of next year. The 2,700-nm, $13.5 million jet is an upgraded G100 (itself the former Astra SPX).