Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Team (Fast) pilots Marilyn Whicker and Ademar Calligaro recently completed airborne mission number 3,000, ten years after Gulfstream launched the first-of-its-kind airborne maintenance and support service in May 2002.The flight departed Savannah to deliver an APU fuel control unit to a G550 at its home base on Southwest Regional Airport in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Rolls-Royce has named Metrojet, the Hong Kong-based business jet operator and maintenance provider, as the first authorized service center for its BR710 series engine in Asia. The engine powers Gulfstream V/500/550 and Bombardier Global Express series aircraft.
According to an Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) report (ACN 983575), the captain of a Gulfstream IV, while departing Teterboro’s runway 24 under strong, gusty winds, misinterpreted an ATC clearance flying the Ruddy 3 departure.
Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream Aerospace, said at a press briefing here yesterday that the Middle East remains a growing market for its business jets and that political turmoil of the Arab Spring has “not had as much impact as we expected.”
The National Civil Aviation Authority in Brazil, Agência Nacional de Aviaçâo Civil (ANAC), has granted Jet Aviation Sorocaba the authority to provide line maintenance services on the Gulfstream IV, G500 and G550. The MRO also announced it has recently completed its first large inspection on a Gulfstream G200.
On Friday, the FAA issued a new rule that requires Part 121 operators to install ice-detection equipment in their existing fleets or to update their flight manuals to make sure crews know when they should activate their ice-protection systems.
CRS Jet Spares will be establishing a footprint in Asia over the coming year. “We have been involved in providing our services to the Asia region for a long time and now believe the timing is right to establish a footprint in the region,” said Armando Leighton, Jr, CRS Jet Spares founder and CEO. According to Leighton, the plan will be developed over the next 12 months and implemented in phases.
The Gulfstream G350 and G450 received Transport Canada approval to operate at their maximum cruise altitude of 45,000 feet. Transport Canada normally restricts flight to below 41,000 feet unless special conditions are met to ensure against rapid cabin depressurization. To achieve this Gulfstream added its automatic emergency descent mode (AEDM) feature to the two jets.
WinAir of Taiwan announced at the NBAA Convention that it will launch a charter and aircraft management service in Taipei, Taiwan, on October 29. It will be the country's first such service. WinAir, which began as a private flight department, operates two U.S.-registered aircraft, a Gulfstream IV and a G450. The company recently took delivery of a G550 that was the first business jet to receive Taiwanese registration.
Van Nuys, Calif.-based Clay Lacy Aviation (Booth No. 2027) added eight business jets to its managed fleet in the first three quarters of this year, including a Falcon 2000, Hawker 800, Gulfstream V and Gulfstream 450, two Gulfstream IVs and two Gulfstream 550s. In addition, the company has reported a 22-percent increase in charter hours and a 13-percent jump in total flight hours from the same period last year.