With the February cash acquisition of Premier Air Center, CompletionAir’s founders and three unidentified investors have captured a major piece of the business aviation market at St. Louis Regional Airport (ALN) in East Alton, Ill.
Surgut, Siberia-based TyumenAviaTrans (TAT) is scheduled to take delivery of a Gulfstream IV-SP in August and operate it on behalf of the owner, “one of the oil companies based in Tyumen,” according to the airline. The airline said it will become the first of its type to operate in Russia.
Honeywell will supply the integrated avionics systems for Gulfstream’s newest business jets, the G300 and G500. In the G500, essentially an improved derivative of the GV, Honeywell is designing a four-display Primus Epic PlaneView cockpit similar to the integrated system now flying in the G550 (see photo below).
Following a special ceremony planned for December 3 marking the end of production of the Gulfstream IV series at the 500th aircraft, the popular business jet will henceforth be known by two new names–the new large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G400 and the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G300. The Savannah, Ga.
At both a large invited-guests-only event and a next-day press conference on the eve of the 2002 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. last month, Gulfstream Aerospace announced a major transformation of its product line that not only revises the familiar nomenclature of its business jets, but also segments them by options and mission profiles into market niches never before directly targeted by Gulfstream.
D&D Design of West Milford, N.J., is marketing an FAA-approved kit for alerting Gulfstream IV operators of an insufficient air supply required to inflate the seals around the main door, baggage door and cargo door. The system is designed to alert the crew through a warning light in the Eicas or annunciator panel.
The new Honeywell PlaneView avionics system flew for the first time in the Gulfstream V-SP on August 1, a five-hour trip aloft that set a record for Gulfstream as the longest inaugural flight of any new business jet. The Honeywell system, based on the Primus Epic avionics architecture, features four 13- by 10-in.
Fort Lauderdale-based Banyan Air Service has expanded its refurbishment service into larger aircraft and recently completed installation of an Audio International in-flight entertainment system in a Gulfstream IV-SP and a Collins Tailwind 550 multi-region satellite-direct television and high-speed Internet package with cabin wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi) in a privately owned Boeing 747SP.
Two Part 135 air-taxi operators at opposite ends of the charter business spectrum, Skybird Aviation and The Air Group–both based at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California–nevertheless have some common observations on today’s ever-evolving aviation security environment.
Playing its cards close, Savannah, Ga.-based Gulfstream Aerospace is still officially saying little about its “mystery” follow-on to the G-IV, but there are whispers that more may be revealed about the airplane later this year.