Gulfstream Aerospace has named Thomas Anderson director of product support for its site at Long Beach Airport, Calif. Anderson, who will oversee operations there, joined Gulfstream in 2002 and has been a senior manager of final-phase operations for the G550 and G450; senior manager of final phase; and manager of the premium furniture woodshop. His 26-year career includes 13 years in Long Beach with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing in materials and interior operations and two years as general manager of an aerospace tube-and-duct fabrication facility in Vista, Calif.
Kevin Boardman, who was the aviation director/chief pilot for Elmer’s Glue parent company Berwind Corp. from 1998 until earlier this year, was formally indicted by a grand jury of defrauding his former employer to the tune of at least $2.7 million. According to a release issued yesterday by the Eastern Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office, Boardman allegedly “devised numerous methods to embezzle money from his employer” between 2006 and last year.
Jet Aviation Dubai recently redelivered its first successful controller pilot datalink communications and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out upgrade on a Gulfstream G550 for an undisclosed customer in the region. “This particular upgrade was technologically challenging and logistically complicated,” said Wajahat Ali Khan, director of safety and maintenance at Jet Aviation Dubai.
Building on an existing relationship, Jet Aviation’s facilities in Basel, Geneva, Moscow, Dubai and Singapore have been selected by Rolls-Royce to join its EMEA and Asia authorized service center network. The appointments extend service capabilities for the BR710, BR725 and Tay and allow those Jet Aviation facilities to provide line maintenance and warranty support. The facilities will also receive support from Rolls-Royce, including on-site training, specific engine training, technical support and publications.
Hourly-cost maintenance provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) launched a new check-to-check airframe maintenance program this week at EBACE. Coverage is available for a range of business jets, including all Falcons, Globals and Challengers; the Citation Sovereign+; and the G450 and G550. It enhances the company’s standard airframe product by adding customizable contract terms to provide coverage through the remaining length of the next major scheduled airframe inspection. The program’s coverage is transferable.
Athens-based VIP charter operator GainJet Aviation (Booth 5218) announced at EBACE 2014 it is opening GainJet Africa, a new charter base in Kigali, Rwanda next month. Offering the African market ultra-long-range VIP charter service, GainJet will base a 14-passenger Gulfstream 550 equipped with satellite TV and high speed broadband in Kigali. The G550 is capable of nonstop flights to the East Coast of the U.S. or Southeast Asia, from many African capitals.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based charter operator Alpha Star Aviation Services (Booth 3824) has equipped its entire fleet with electronic flight bags (EFBs). The six VIP aircraft include three Airbuses (ACJ318, ACJ319 and ACJ320), one Gulfstream G550, one Hawker 900XP and one ATR 42. The company intends to have its pilots using EFBs–iPads connected to a Rockwell Collins system–during the entire flight in the short term. “Our crews were trained by Lufthansa and FlightSafety,” CEO Salem Al Muzaini added.
Gulfstream Aerospace has already signed purchase agreements for two or three G650ERs, Larry Flynn, president of the U.S. manufacturer (Booth 5129), told a small group of reporters during a breakfast flight in a Gulfstream G550 over the Alps yesterday morning. The company had announced the extended-range upgrade of the ultra-range, top-of-the-line G650 on Monday at EBACE 2014 in Geneva.
U.S. charter, sales and management company Prime Jet is the latest member of AirClub, a corporate jet alliance launched in October 2012 to bring together a number of like-minded business aviation companies. Sharing the principles of offering the highest quality services with the highest levels of safety, AirClub members also operate a pooled charter service to maximize utilization across their combined fleet, and they have introduced an innovative and easy-to-use booking system.
Athens-based air charter operator GainJet Aviation is opening GainJet Africa, a charter base in Kigali, Rwanda, next month. Offering the African market ultra-long-range private charter service, GainJet will base a 14-passenger Gulfstream G550 in Kigali. “We want to bring to Africa the service that we have been supplying to Europe and the Middle East,” said GainJet president Ramsey Shaban. “Kigali is a natural aviation hub. It sits at the center of the continent, and the Government of Rwanda has offered us the right incentives.”