The world’s longest-range business jet–the Gulfstream G650ER–was certified this week by the FAA, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. Gulfstream Aerospace revealed the 7,500-nm business jet in May at EBACE and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ERs to customers by year-end, a few months ahead of previous delivery date projections.
The City Council of Houston, Texas, voted yesterday overwhelmingly in favor of a 40-year lease for a new FBO at William P. Hobby Airport, one of the nation’s busiest business aviation destinations and currently home to five service providers. Black Forest Ventures plans to break ground early next year on a new $20 million Galaxy FBO facility that will include a 20,000-sq-ft terminal and a pair of 38,000-sq-ft hangars capable of holding G650-size business jets.
There are now four Gulfstream G650 jets owned by Russian billionaires, but one of these is currently grounded as a result of U.S. economic sanctions against Russia. The aircraft in question is owned by oil and gas entrepreneur Gennady Timchenko, who was blacklisted earlier this year by U.S. government sanctions due to his close associations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Gulfstream has exhibited at each and every JetExpo, starting from the turn of the century. The U.S. manufacturer brought three jets to this, the ninth show in Vnukovo–a G650, a G450 and a G280. Trevor Esling, Gulfstream’s senior vice president for international sales, told AIN: “I’m sure we could have brought more if we’d had more airplanes available.
Gulfstream Aerospace issued a maintenance and operations letter on Monday to all Gulfstream operators stressing that the “freedom of flight control movement is the ultimate indicator the gust lock is fully released for all Gulfstream models.” The letter, MOL-14-0024, is a follow-on to another sent on June 13 in the wake of the May 31 GIV-SP accident near Boston, reminding “operators of the importance of adhering to Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) procedures to
Gulfstream Aerospace has strengthened its Latin American customer support network with the official opening yesterday of its new maintenance facility at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, around 37 miles (60 km) west of São Paulo. The 38,000-sq-ft (3,530-sq-m) facility is large enough to house four large-cabin and three mid-cabin aircraft simultaneously.
FlightSafety International’s third Gulfstream G650 full-motion simulator is now online at its learning center in Long Beach, Calif., following FAA level-D approval for the device. The first two Gulfstream G650 simulators are in service at FlightSafety’s learning center in Savannah, Ga. Notably, this new G650 trainer is the first FlightSafety FS1000 simulator to receive level-D qualification. FS1000 simulators have FlightSafety’s newest Vital 1100 visual system, electric motion cueing and a new instructor operating station.
Though second-quarter revenues and profits dipped slightly at Gulfstream Aerospace, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer still recorded a “strong” quarter, Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO at parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday during an investor conference call. Revenues at the aerospace division, which also includes Jet Aviation, came in at $1.995 billion during the quarter, down from $2.053 billion a year ago.
When Gulfstream Aerospace of Savannah, Ga., unveiled the G650ER at EBACE, the company focused on the aircraft’s extended range of 7,500 nm, which makes it the world’s longest-range business jet (not including private airliners).
Kevin Boardman, who was the aviation director/chief pilot for Elmer’s Glue parent company Berwind Corp. from 1998 until earlier this year, was formally indicted by a grand jury of defrauding his former employer to the tune of at least $2.7 million. According to a release issued yesterday by the Eastern Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office, Boardman allegedly “devised numerous methods to embezzle money from his employer” between 2006 and last year.