Gulfstream Aerospace on August 12 received FAA type certification for its new long-range G450. With this certification, Gulfstream remains on schedule to begin customer deliveries of completed G450s in the second quarter of next year.
Gulfstream Aerospace has received an STC that permits installation of the Savannah-based company’s new Broadband Multi-Link data transfer system in its G350 and G450. The first installation is being done on a G450 that was scheduled for delivery last month.
The STC came just a month after the company received an STC for the installation of Gulfstream’s Broad Band Multi-Link in the G500 and G550.
Gulfstream is set to deliver the first G450 to an Asian customer by the end of this month. The aircraft is going to Hong Kong-based Speed Jet Charter and will be managed and operated by Metrojet.The owner will use the jet to transport its top executives but will also offer the G450 for charter.
Dassault Aviation has reached a settle-ment with Honeywell over a $60 million lawsuit filed by the French business jet builder in October last year.
Gulfstream received certification from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), formerly the USSR, for the G550, G500, G450 and G350. These type certificates enable the four models to be registered and operated within all CIS countries, including Russia.
Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss has announced plans for a $300 million, seven-year expansion of the company’s manufacturing and service facilities in Savannah, Ga. The facility’s square footage will increase approximately 70 percent by 2012, resulting in an increase of about 1,100 jobs, a 25-percent jump from the current employment level of 4,300 people.
The FAA last month issued another airworthiness directive related to the Primus Epic avionics system, this time calling for GIV and GV operators to revise their flight manuals to include crew procedures should the cockpit displays go blank.
Look for Arinc’s SkyLink high-speed-data satcom service to start showing up in a wider range of airplane types now that an exclusive agreement with Gulfstream is expiring. The company is said to be close to finalizing deals in the works with a number of OEMs and independent service centers, with the first three announced last month.
Gulfstream Aerospace is adding spare-parts inventory valued at $4.5 million to its Luton, England, service center to support the growing fleet of Gulfstream business jets operating in Europe and the Middle East. The additional inventory will include spare parts for the Gulfstream G200, GIV, GV, G350, G450, G500 and G550.
Gulfstream G350 and G450 operators now have another option for repair of their Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8Cs. Dallas Airmotive has expanded its repair and overhaul capability to include the engine, an enhancement to the earlier model 611-8 used on the Gulfstream IV and IV-SP. New features include fadec, fewer mechanical parts and technical benefits learned from the Rolls-Royce Trent and Tay 650 airliner engine programs.