U.S-based charter operator Universal Jet (Stand E140) has come to MEBA looking to advance its plans to expand operations in the Middle East. According to president Michael McCauley, the company already makes frequent flights into this region but it would like to find a local partner with which to establish a more permanent presence. His long-term plan is to forge alliances with holders air operators certificates all over the world.
Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth No. 2043) has been able to “proactively manage our business to respond to market realities,” said company president Joe Lombardo. “When you consider today’s market realities, we’re doing relatively well.”
Moving production lines outside the U.S. to countries where the cost of manufacturing is lower is a thorny and complicated subject, as well as a practice that has been going on for more than a half century and affecting numerous industries. But now, as the unemployment level in the U.S.
Large-cabin business jets continue to lead Gulfstream’s order and delivery figures, while sales outside the U.S. continue to surpass domestic sales. Both elements are helping to keep the bottom lines of Gulfstream and parent company General Dynamics relatively stable, while they provide a glimmer of end-of-the-tunnel light for the second half of this year and perhaps even some optimism for higher revenue next year.
ExecuJet Dubai has received approval from the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority and European Aviation Safety Agency to perform line and base maintenance on the Embraer Legacy. The company is also approved to support the entire range of Bombardier business aircraft as well as the Gulfstream G150 and G200.
Gulfstream has received FAA approval to add Waas functionality in the G150 as part of a final-phase manufacturing installation that adds an optional Waas-capable GPS receiver to the airplane. The Waas upgrade is also available for retrofit in G150s already in service.
Rolls-Royce Opens JSF LiftSystem Facility
ACC Columbia Jet Service, formerly known as Aviation Center Cologne, has a new facility at Hannover Airport as a result of its recent merger with Columbia Jet Service. The group, which offers maintenance for Bombardier Challengers and Learjets and Cessna Citations, has expanded to include the Gulfstream G100, G150 and G200, as well as the Dassault Falcon 2000EX.
Gulfstream today said its flight-data monitoring/flight operational quality assurance program “is already making a difference in safety to operators.” Introduced last year, the aircraft manufacturer’s flight operations risk management service (Forms) increases operational safety by measuring exposure to known risks, such as unstable approaches, system operating limits and adverse runway operations.
The European Union last year experienced the lowest number of fatal accidents on record, but the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was quick to point out that even one fatal accident can overshadow a good safety record. It is for this reason that many operators are choosing to be proactive, rather than reactive, in addressing aviation safety.