International Communications Group (ICG) and Cobham Antenna Systems have been granted an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for a dual-network satcom system named Sora that offers both Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband voice and data services worldwide. The first Sora (the Japanese word for “sky”) system was recently installed and certified aboard a Gulfstream G200.
The second super-midsize G250 took flight on March 24 from Israel Aerospace Industries’ facilities at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Piloted by IAI chief test pilot Ronen Shapira, the G250 flew for one hour 57 minutes during its first flight and to 20,000 feet. G250 S/N 2002 joins the first test article in a test program that is expected to take more than 1,300 flight hours.
The recession has caused the cancellation of some business aircraft programs and the slowdown in the development of others. Gulfstream, on the other hand, made the strategic decision to stay on course in its development of its new super-midsize G250 and long-range, large-cabin G650.
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) is reporting strong turnout on the opening day of its annual convention at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. About 1,500 people have registered for the show, which features 135 exhibitors and dozens of new product introductions.
With its maiden flight on March 24, a second Gulfstream G250 has entered the flight-test program for the super-midsize jet, designed and built in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv. S/N 2002 flew for 1 hour and 57 minutes on its initial flight, reaching an altitude of 20,000 feet and a speed of 195 knots.
Aircell announced the first installation of its ATG 5000 high-speed Internet system aboard a California-based Gulfstream G200 operated by charter provider FlightWorks. Gulfstream’s Dallas service center performed the hardware installation, which added a stand-alone ATG 5000 unit and two antennas on the aircraft belly.
The new G250 business jet that IAI builds in partnership with Gulfstream Aerospace is continuing the flight-test program that it started on Dec. 11, 2009. In recent flights, the aircraft has flown up to 40,000 feet at speeds of up to Mach 0.85 as it heads for planned certification before the end of 2011.
Jet Aviation Hong Kong has received joint maintenance management approval from the Civil Aviation Administrations of China and Macau to work on aircraft registered by those respective authorities in Hong Kong. The facility, which recently won designation as an U.S. Federal Aviation Administration repair station, also has achieved approval by the Hong Kong and Cayman Island authorities during the past year.
Gulfstream Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) flew the super-midsize G250 for the first time on December 11, and at press time were expecting the new airplane to fly again, weather permitting. This second flight could see the Honeywell HTF7250G-powered twinjet reach 40,000 feet and Mach 0.8, according to IAI chief test pilot Ronen Shapira.
Gulfstream Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) flew the G250 super-midsize business jet for the first time today, fulfilling a promise made earlier this year to fly the airplane before the end of 2009. The milestone completes Gulfstream’s goal to fly both its completely new G650 ultra-long-range jet and the G250, which is a derivative of the G200 (the former IAI Galaxy), before year-end.