Dunlop Aerospace braking systems has developed high-performance, next-generation wheels and carbon brakes for the G500 and G550. The new wheel and brake is an enhanced version of the current GV unit. It takes into account various changes in configuration, including an increased maximum takeoff weight of 91,000 pounds. Dunlop Aerospace is already the sole supplier of wheels and brakes for the G400 and G450.
Responding to customer requests, Gulfstream is now offering the Kollsman infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) to owners and operators of GIVs outfitted with Honeywell SPZ 8000 avionics. An amendment to an earlier STC clears the way for all GIVs and GIV-SPs (about 500 in total) to be fitted with the $500,000 EVS sensor system.
Despite the large-cabin Gulfstream’s aura of being the all-American business jet, it
has significant European content. On the G350/450 that content includes the pair of Rolls-Royce Tay engines, and on the G500/550 it includes not only the Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR710 turbofans but also the tail, which is made by Stork Fokker in Holland.
Venture capitalist Danny Pettit last month received the first Gulfstream 500, a less expensive (approximately $37.5 million), shorter-range (5,800-nm nonstop) and less option-laden version of the G550. The G500 features the same cabin size as the G550, as well as its PlaneView cockpit and speed and altitude performance. The lighter G500, certified in December, also has a BFL of 5,150 feet–760 feet less than the heavier G550.
Gulfstream president Bryan Moss accepted the 2003 Collier Trophy from National Aeronautic Association president and CEO Donald Koranda and National Aero Club board president Stewart Orr at ceremonies on May 19 in Arlington, Va.
Honeywell last month gave the first flight demonstrations of an RNP (required navigation performance) approach being developed at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU), located just a stone’s throw from the company’s global headquarters in New Jersey.
Gulfstream has selected AirCell’s Axxess cabin communications system as standard equipment aboard its line of large-cabin business jets spanning the G300 through G550.
Next year a new Million Air FBO is slated to open at San Bernardino International Airport in California. Construction is scheduled to begin in December. Million Air San Bernardino is being built on the northwest corner of the airport and features a 32,000-sq-ft hangar, a 40,000-sq-ft executive terminal and support facility and 10 acres of ramp space. The FBO’s fuel farm will be completed after the FBO is finished.
Year to date, Gulfstream Aerospace has logged more sales from customers outside the U.S. than inside, 66 versus 62, according to Joe Lombardo, Gulfstream president. By comparison, total Gulfstream orders for all of last year were 92 domestic and 67 international, and in 2004 they were 75 domestic and just 22 international.
Honeywell last week gave the first flight demonstrations of an RNP (required navigation performance) approach being developed at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU), located just a stone’s throw from the company’s global headquarters in New Jersey.