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.
AIN has learned that Gulfstream Aerospace is working on new designs that may leverage elements of the new G650. One source speculated that a shorter G650 fuselage with new engines could provide a modern replacement for the G450/G550. Another source said that engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney and GE are proposing new engines for Gulfstream’s next jet program.
On the descent for landing in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the scene is about what you’d expect to find after violent natural forces–in this case, a sudden release of tectonic stress in the earth’s crust along the Caribbean and North American plates–have caused massive destruction in one of the world’s poorest nations. Entire neighborhoods here are pancaked into the dust. Gray smoke rises
Without hesitation, business aviation did the right thing last month when it donated its people, its expertise and its airplanes to help ease the misery in Haiti. Also without hesitation, NBAA grabbed the baton of coordination this time around with surer hands than it did after Hurricane Katrina.
Rockwell Collins announced that its HGS-6250 head-up guidance (Hud) system has been certified for the Gulfstream G450 and G550. The Hud will be standard on the G450, G550 and G650 and optional on the G250, G350 and G500. Based on LCD and LED technology, the HGS-6250 provides precise head-up guidance cues, the widest field of view of any civil Hud and is compatible with Gulfstream’s EVS II enhanced-vision system, Rockwell Collins said.
PAC Seating Systems has introduced a new seat of modular design that the Palm City, Fla. company says “incorporates the best ideas” of completion center customers, upholsterers, and the PAC design and engineering teams.
An easy-pull manual control handle has a new ergonomic design that releases the track and swivel lock more smoothly and with minimal pressure.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the partnership of MedAire (Booth No. 775) and Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth No. 275), through which the Phoenix-based MedAire has been providing Gulfstream operators with medical equipment, medical training and 24/7 access to MedAire’s hospital-based MedLink Global Response Center. Gulfstream includes the MedAire package with the purchase of each new Gulfstream aircraft.
Hubbard Aviation Technologies of St. Paul, Minn., last week signed a contract with Aeroshear Aviation Services of Van Nuys, Calif., to fabricate and install engine hush kits for the Rolls-Royce Spey 511-8 engines powering Gulfstream GIIs and GIIIs. Called the QS3, “for quiet Spey engines,” according to Stanley Hubbard, CEO of Hubbard Aviation Technologies and Hubbard Broadcasting, the kits are priced at $2.4 million (installed).
Joe Lombardo became president of Gulfstream Aerospace on April 9, 2007. He also serves as executive vice president of the General Dynamics aerospace group and was Gulfstream’s chief operating officer before becoming president. Before joining Gulfstream in 1996 as vice president of co-production, he served in leadership roles at Douglas Aircraft.
Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries on October 6 rolled out the new Gulfstream G250 at IAI’s facility on Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, an event I was fortunate to attend. The G250 has its roots in the G200, which was formerly the Galaxy.