United Arab Emirates-based charter operator Royal Jet last month received the first Gulfstream 300, a shorter-range, less expensive version of the G400 (the former GIV-SP). A second G300 is also destined this month for Royal Jet, which has outfitted the aircraft to perform two types of mission: one for executive charter and the other for aeromedical transport.
Executive Jet Management, a NetJets company (part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway empire), celebrated another milestone at NBAA 2002 by announcing the addition of the 100th aircraft, a Gulfstream IV-SP owned by Charles Cohen of Design Professionals. EJM president and CEO Albert Pod emphasized, however, that this isn’t the end of its charter fleet expansion–by a long shot.
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 announced that its Gulfstream IV-SP has achieved a 99.6-percent dispatch reliability rate over the past year, while the GV dispatch rate is now exceeding 99 percent. The fleet of GIVs, GIV-SPs and GVs comprises some 551 in-service aircraft, and the GIV fleet alone recently passed a cumulative total of 1.5-million in-flight hours and exceeded a fleet total of 770,000 landings.
Aircraft Braking Systems Corp. (ABSC) was recently awarded contracts for main wheels, carbon brakes and nosewheels for the Dasault Falcon 900EX and Gulfstream IV. The Akron, Ohio-based ABSC already produces braking systems for Falcon 10, 20, and 50 aircraft, and will introduce a brake-by-wire (BBW) digital braking system for the Falcon 900 similar to other ABSC BBW systems installed on six aircraft models.
Flight testing of Gulfstream’s GV-SP is back on pace following a schedule interruption caused by last month’s terrorist attacks. The latest ultra-long-range business jet from Gulfstream Aerospace, the GV-SP made its first flight on August 31, four weeks ahead of schedule and well on the way to an expected certification date late next year.
CAE civil training and services group president Jeff Roberts arrived in Geneva Monday as his company announced a major expansion of its business aviation training center in Morristown, New Jersey. But for Roberts, EBACE is all about Europe, where he continues to sound a confident tone about business aviation despite some signs of economic hardship ahead.
Deliveries of new Gulfstream IV-SPs and GVs in the first half of this year kept pace with the same period last year, although sales volume for the second quarter was down compared with the year-ago period, according to the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer. The company said it delivered 19 GIV-SPs in the first half, the same as in the corresponding period last year.
Financially troubled Lucent Technologies, which has announced total workforce reductions of nearly 40,000 since January, is also planning a dramatic restructuring of its flight department. The changes include the sale/leaseback of the company’s Sikorsky S-76 and both of its Gulfstream IVs, and the outright sale of its third business jet, a Falcon 2000.
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.