Gulfstream, which has been engaged in a dispute with the FAA over whether its new Gulfstream 550 could be certified with the traditional four elliptical window emergency exits, has now apparently satisfied the agency’s concerns in the form of a requirement for “an evacuation crewmember” on all flights carrying 10 or more passengers.
The recent validation by Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities of the Gulfstream 300 and 400 enables these business jets to receive JAA-approved certification by, and be registered in, any of the 37 JAA-member countries. Gulfstream expects JAA validation of the G500 and G550 by year-end. Meanwhile, the company also received JAA validation to work on European-registered G300s and 400s at its new service center at London Luton Airport.
Until about a year ago, infrared enhanced vision systems (EVS) were exclusively the bailiwick of operators of large aircraft, in which they were installed as upgrades to the standard head-up display. Primarily, the aircraft were the Gulfstream IV/IV-SP/G300/G400, GV/ G500/G550 and Bombardier Global Express, and their EVS add-ons– built by Kollsman of Merrimack, N.Y.
Ongoing software integration problems are forcing at least two airframe manufacturers into the unenviable position of having to stretch aircraft certification schedules to give Honeywell engineers time to troubleshoot a variety of technical issues that are manifesting themselves in the Primus Epic avionics system.
While many expected 2008 to be one of the slowest summers in quite a while for the pre-owned market, foreign buying activity seems to have given the industry a boost. There are still plenty of U.S. buyers, but because prices rose to new heights a year ago as inventory fell, many seem to be holding back until the ongoing retrenchment in pricing is fully realized.
In the five years since Gulfstream established its maintenance center at London Luton, the facility has grown from 28,000 to 56,000 sq ft. It is the only Gulfstream-owned service center to be operated outside the U.S. The MRO became the first FAA-certified aircraft maintenance center outside the U.S. to be awarded the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Certificate of Excellence.
IAI’s Gulfstream G550-based conformal airborne early warning & control (CAEW) aircraft is making its world debut here at Farnborough. The aircraft has flown with the Israel Air and Space Force only since February, and its appearance here was not confirmed until a few days before the show.
IAI’s Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft, top right, arrives at Farnborough for its first public appearance. Underneath all the bulges and fairings lurks a Gulfstream G550 bizjet airframe, which has been heavily modified to carry the conformal arrays for the Elta EL/M-2085 airborne early warning radar.
Gulfstream Aerospace is developing a derivative midsize business jet based on the former Astra SPX and–in a Herculean effort to transform its product line in the minds of customers, suppliers and company personnel alike–is revising the nomenclature, options and mission profiles of its current business jet offerings, the company revealed at the Marriott World Center Hotel on Sunday night and further elaborated at an NBAA Convention press confer
Gulfstream Aerospace recently delivered the first of an order for five C-37A special mission versions of the GV to the U.S. Air Force. The lease and support service agreement is valued at $477 million and the remaining aircraft are slated for delivery at intervals through September next year. The first aircraft was delivered at Gulfstream’s Savannah, Ga.