China’s Nanshan Jet placed an order for a Gulfstream G650 today at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. The charter operator, with bases in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, is a subsidiary of the Nanshan Group. It is expected to take delivery of the new very-high-speed, ultra-long-range jet in late 2014 or early 2015 and is third G450 next year.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport has embarked on the reconstruction of a former neighboring cargo handling facility to turn it into an additional 61,505 sq ft of hangar space. The $5 million project will bring the FBO’s total business and general aviation shelter at the airport to more than 155,000 sq ft. The structure will be able to accommodate multiple large aircraft, including the newly certified Gulfstream G650. “Demand for hangar space at our facility continues to outpace capacity,” said David Mills, the FBO’s general manager.
The NTSB has blamed the April 2, 2011, flight-test crash of a Gulfstream G650 on an aerodynamic stall and an uncommanded rolling moment that the pilots were unable to control. However, the Board also notes that it was the manufacturer’s rush to complete its aggressive flight-test schedule for obtaining certification that set the stage for the stall and uncontrollable roll.
In an ever-shrinking world of instant gratification in which going fast is good, then going faster must be even better.
Honeywell didn’t come right out and say it, but the company’s 2012 market forecast introduced a new category devoted to the concept of farther and faster. The forecast calls it the “very high speed/ultra-long range” category and notes the first use of that category in 2010 with the Gulfstream G650.
Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced product-specific mobile applications for each type currently in production. The apps for the Gulfstream G150, G280, G450, G550 and G650 are available now in the Apple App Store.
Each app features interactive elements, including an introduction to the aircraft in the form of an interactive brochure; an interactive worldwide city-pair range map; worldwide product support information; and an extensive photo gallery.
FlightSafety International has released an eLearning version of its cold-weather operations course that runs on an iPad and on a standard Windows PC. The course covers both ground and in-flight icing, de-icing and anti-icing, including the latest 2012/2013 holdover timetables. The FlightSafety learning management system within the course tracks students’ progress and allows them to begin work on a PC and resume studying later from the same place in the program on an Apple iOS device.
New staff and a fresh premium Platinum program head up Jet Support Services announcements at NBAA’12. JSSI (Booth No. 3711) has added the Rolls-Royce BR725 engine found on the Gulfstream G650 to its Platinum program lineup. Engines covered under the Platinum program also include support for the Rolls-Royce BR710, Tay 611-8 and -8C, AE3007A1E and -A2E, GE CF34-3A, -3A1, -3A2, -3B, -3B1 and -10E7 engines. JSSI provides cost-per-hour coverage programs for engines and airframes.
Signaling its commitment to sustainability, Gulfstream flew its entire demonstration aircraft fleet–a G150, G280, G450, G550 and G650–to the NBAA Convention this week in Orlando, Fla., with both engines on each airplane burning a 50-50 blend of biofuel and jet-A. Each gallon of camelina-based Honeywell UOP Green Jet Fuel burned instead of petroleum-derived jet fuel reduces the carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions by 68 percent, based on life-cycle analysis, Gulfstream said.
Apple iPads continue to flood cockpits, from ultralights to airliners, and here at NBAA ’12, several companies are offering mounts for the popular electronic tablets.
Embraer is bringing interior development and modification for its full line of corporate jets in-house. That’s the word from Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets. The company previously contracted with BMW Designworks USA for the interior cabin design on its Phenom and Legacy jets. Embraer’s new customer center and its under-construction engineering and technical center, both at its Melbourne, Fla. campus, will be the epicenter of the new effort.