Factory product support for Gulfstream IIs and GIIIs will move out from beneath the wing of Gulfstream service centers and find itself under the umbrella of Delaware-based General Dynamics Aviation Services (GDAS) on January 1.
The Gulfstream G150, which the Savannah, Ga.-based company describes as the first wide-cabin, long-range, midsize business jet, rolled out January 18 in el Aviv before hundreds of employees of Israel Aircraft Industries, which is producing the G150 at its plant on Ben Gurion International Airport.
Gulfstream is reportedly preparing a new model to succeed the G300, reliable industry sources have informed AIN. Expected to be introduced during the first quarter of this year (possibly late this month at the Singapore show), the new model would apparently take the place of the current G300 in Gulfstream’s production lineup.
In a landmark decision, the FAA has adopted a final rule allowing the use of HUD-based enhanced vision systems (EVS) for descent below published instrument approach minimums.
The FAA last month awarded type certification to the Gulfstream 350, an upgraded version of the previously manufactured G300. Compared with the G300, the new model has a roomier cabin, cockpit and baggage area and the PlaneView flight deck, which is based on Honeywell Primus Epic avionics. The G350 offers a maximum range of 3,800 nm, 200 nm more than that of the G300.
A new high-speed data system developed by Arinc Direct has cleared the final hurdles for certification in the Gulfstream V. Gulfstream claims that the product, called the Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) system, is the fastest business jet cabin data connection on the market, capable of achieving data transfer speeds of up to 3.5 Mbps.
The G150, which Gulfstream touts as the first wide-cabin, long-range, midsize business jet, rolled out January 18 in Tel Aviv in front of hundreds of Israel Aircraft Industries employees, officials from both companies, supplier representatives and certifying authorities.
The Gulfstream 500 received FAA type certification last month, and customer deliveries of the business jet are scheduled to start early this year. The G500, one of the eight Gulfstreams in the current model line, is a less expensive (approximately $37.5 million), shorter-range (5,800 nm nonstop) and less option-laden version of the $45-plus-million G550.
Gulfstream delivered 113 green jets last year, 27 percent more than the 89 shipped in 2005 and exceeding by 12 the previous record of 101 deliveries set in 2001. Orders also increased by about 27 percent. According to year-end figures released yesterday by Gulfstream parent General Dynamics (GD), Gulfstream last year took orders for 159 aircraft compared to 124 in 2005.
Gulfstream’s Savannah Service Center has received approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department to perform maintenance on aircraft registered in Hong Kong. With the HKAR-145 certificate, the Gulfstream Savannah Service Center has the authority to work on Gulfstream G200s, G450s and G550s registered in Hong Kong. Currently, there are six Gulfstreams registered in Hong Kong–three G200s, one G450 and two G550s.