Avolar, a stand-alone subsidiary of UAL Corp. created in March to launch a new business aviation venture, has already acquired three business jets as part of the fractional- ownership core fleet and expects to begin flying this month.
Europe’s JAA issued type certificate recommendations for the Gulfstream IV and Gulfstream IV-SP, essentially endorsing the business jets for approval by the JAA’s 25 member nations. The letter recommending issuance of type certificates came earlier this month. Meanwhile, Gulfstream continues its long-time effort at obtaining JAA certification of its GV.
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.
Each year, NBAA recognizes the top aviation maintenance and avionics technicians with good safety records who work for member companies. Maintaining corporate aircraft or avionics for three accident-free years is the minimum requirement for an NBAA Safety Award but the actual number of years for many of the technicians adds up to four decades or more.
Back in 2001, NetJets Europe might have considered a shortage of suitably qualified pilots to be a nice problem to face. At the time, the industry’s fractional ownership leader had no more than 80 clients in Europe–five years after having imported the concept from the U.S.
After many months of negotiations with FAA and Japanese aviation officials, Van Nuys, Calif.-based charter firm The Air Group has succeeded in its long-time quest to base aircraft (initially two Gulfstream Vs) at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
Gulfstream’s first-quarter operating earnings and margins improved from the same period last year. Business jet deliveries increased for the second consecutive quarter–to 17 in the first quarter compared with 15 in the first three months of last year. Gulfstream projects delivering 53 to 55 “large” aircraft (G300 through G550) this year, compared with 50 last year.
A new high-speed data system developed by Arinc Direct has cleared the final hurdles for certification in the Gulfstream V. Gulfstream claims that the product, called the Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) system, is the fastest business jet cabin data connection on the market, capable of achieving data transfer speeds of up to 3.5 Mbps.
Certification of the infrared enhanced vision system (EVS) for the Bombardier Global Express XRS–said to be “imminent” at press time–will close an important technology gap between Gulfstream and Bombardier, head-to-head competitors in the ultra-long-range business jet market.
The maiden flight yesterday of Nike’s newest Gulfstream V–a 2002 model acquired by the sneaker giant on November 2–ended uneventfully, but not as originally planned. Carrying Nike president and CEO William Perez, four other Nike executives, two pilots and a flight attendant, the aircraft took off yesterday morning from Nike’s headquarters in Hillsboro, Ore., on an intended trip to Toronto.