By aviation industry standards, Gulfstream Aerospace’s launch last week of its new G500 and G600 aircraft was a well-kept secret, especially since the programs have already been in the works for five years since 2009. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. airframer has seen rival Dassault Falcon refresh its product range with the launch of the new Falcon 5X and 8X models, but Gulfstream insists that its focus has been on boosting choice and the value proposition of its own family of aircraft rather than seeking to keep up with competitors.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s launch today of its new G500 and G600 large-cabin business jets was a well-kept secret, especially since the programs have been in the works for five years. During an event at its Savannah, Ga., headquarters, the company surprised guests by rolling out a prototype of the G500 under its own power.
Gulfstream Aerospace realigned its product support organization last week to “enhance the customer experience” and position the division for growth. Mark Burns remains president of Gulfstream Product Support.
Gulfstream Aerospace has established a four-year college scholarship for eligible seniors attending West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) in Grand Rapids. WMAA is a tuition-free public charter high school that offers an aviation education, along with a “rigorous” academic curriculum.
Gulfstream will award a $60,000 scholarship to one WMAA graduating senior each year from 2014 to 2017, totaling $240,000. Students will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance and enrollment in an aviation-related degree path at an accredited higher education institution.
St. Louis-based Avmats Parts Support said it has become the first company to part out an airworthy Gulfstream V. The company recently acquired the twinjet–S/N 647, a 2001 model–“for the sole purpose of improving parts availability and reducing the cost of proprietary items.” With this move, the company said it has widened the rotable pool and gives the market a “desperately needed” new source for serviceable used GV parts.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released its report last week on the near collision between a Cessna Citation X and a Gulfstream V in NavCanada-controlled airspace on March 8 last year. Both aircraft, level at 43,000 feet and cleared on opposite-direction courses along J16, passed within one mile laterally and just under 1,000 feet vertically of each other near London, Ontario.
Standard separation required 2,000 feet vertically and five miles laterally.
A team of field service representatives from Dallas Airmotive’s F1rst Support global field service organization completed its first removal of a Rolls-Royce BR710 engine. The work was completed at the Bombardier Service Center in Dallas.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) began a month-long test last week aimed at better predicting when and where thunderstorms might tear their way across Colorado’s Front Range and adjacent Great Plains region. The research uses high-altitude aircraft to improve storm lead times, especially in the crucial six- to 24-hour window before storm formation.
Gulfstream senior vice president of programs, engineering and test Preston Henne will retire, effective March 31. Henne, who turned 65 last year, joined Gulfstream in 1994 and has since led the teams responsible for the design, development, test and certification of the Gulfstream V, G550 and flagship G650, among others. Dan Nale, Gulfstream’s vice president of advanced aircraft programs, will take over Henne’s position on April 1. Nale is a 10-year Gulfstream veteran who has overseen development of various next-generation aircraft at the company.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Brian Schank head of the East Coast sales team and Darwin Stout head of the West Coast team. Schank, a 24-year Gulfstream veteran, was most recently director for business and program support, product support sales. Stout, who is in his 17th year with Gulfstream, was most recently a West Coast-based national sales manager for product support sales. He has also been a Southwest-based regional sales manager.
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