Duncan Aviation’s latest expansion is a 45,000-sq-ft paint shop and it opened for business last month at the Lincoln, Neb. facility.
The $10 million shop has the latest in downdraft airflow technology, as well as automatic monitoring and alarms. It will accommodate aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650.
Along with Duncan’s new chrome-free paint process and recently FAA-approved paint process, it “proves Duncan Aviation’s commitment to the environment,” says COO Jeff Lake.
Despite initially approving the operation of Gulfstream’s new flagship G650 at Colorado’s Aspen-Pitkin County Airport when it enters service, officials there have reversed their decision after a citizen’s group pointed out that the wingspan of the ultra-long-range business jet exceeds the width limit set by local code and the FAA. The airport’s management initially based its approval on the span of the wing’s lifting surface, which according to Gulfstream does not include the winglets.
For the first three months of the year, general aviation aircraft deliveries experienced a modest decline of 2.1 percent compared with the first quarter of last year, while overall industry billings shrank by 8 percent, to $3.39 billion, according to statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Duncan Aviation has added a 45,000-sq-ft paint shop at its Lincoln, Neb., facility capable of handling aircraft as large as Gulfstream’s G650, Bombardier’s Global Express and Dassault’s Falcon 7X. The $10 million facility features downdraft airflow and automatic monitoring and alarms. Duncan is now offering an FAA-approved chrome-free paint process.
The NTSB has added a number of new documents to thepublic docket for the April 2, 2011 crash of a flight test Gulfstream G650. The first entry was on April 14, 2011, and included photographs. The NTSB then added no other material to the docket until January 24, and since then information has been added on a frequent basis.
FlightSafety International’s first Gulfstream G650 flight simulator, which is based at the company’s learning center in Savannah, has been qualified by the EASA. Evaluation and qualification of the G650 simulator by the FAA is scheduled to take place later this month and be completed before the start of customer training. A second G650 simulator will be installed in Savannah in a few weeks, and a third device will be added next year at a yet-to-be-determined location.
ViaSat (Stand 838) has said its Yonder Internet service is the fastest available for in-flight communications, with an almost global coverage. Those regions still missing are to be added by 2014, according to the U.S. company.
Athens-based VIP charter operator GainJet Aviation (Stand 1265) announced here at EBACE the recent addition of a Gulfstream G550 to its growing fleet of long-range jets. The fleet includes a VIP Boeing 757 BBJ executive airliner, Bombardier Global Express XRS and a Gulfstream G450, based throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Gulfstream’s G650, the U.S. manufacturer’s largest, fastest flying jet, made its first transoceanic crossing to appear here at the EBACE show, having touched down at Geneva Airport on Saturday evening. Both the G650 and the super mid-size G280, which landed Saturday morning, are making their European debuts. They flew in from Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International. Gulfstream intends to apply for city-pair speed records from the U.S.