Gulfstream Aerospace recently delivered the 600th Gulfstream jet equipped with the PlaneView cockpit, nine years after the flight deck entered service. The milestone aircraft was the 362nd G550 to be delivered. In addition, Gulfstream has installed more than 250 synthetic vision systems and enhanced navigation systems. Meanwhile, the company is in the last phases of certifying PlaneView II, the “advanced” flight deck that will make its debut on the Gulfstream G650, which is expected to enter service later this quarter.
With sales of $1.6 billion, up 16 percent from the same period last year, General Dynamics’ aerospace group was a bright spot in the company’s second-quarter 2012 financial report, released yesterday morning.
Embraer Executive Jets named Jay Beever as vice president for interior design at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Beever has extensive experience in high-end luxury interior work in the business aviation and automotive industries. Previously, he worked as an interior design manager for the G650, G450 and G550 in the new-product development department at Gulfstream. He was also responsible for overseeing the design and construction of a new design studio for the company. Before that he developed several design enhancements for automobiles at Ford.
Austin (Texas) Executive Airport, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary, has opened a new 26,650-sq-ft hangar for business aircraft, bringing the airport’s available hangar lease space to more than 63,000 sq ft. According to airport officials, the 6,025-foot runway and hangars can accommodate business aircraft up to the size of ultra-long-range jets such as the Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier Globals. Henriksen Jet Center provides FBO services at the airfield.
A new $11.5 million, 45,000-sq-ft. aircraft paint shop has entered service at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., facility. It can support aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Global Express, Dassault Falcon 7X and Embraer Legacy. The new facility follows on the heels of last year’s implementation of a chrome-free paint process.
PPG Aerospace Transparencies group has started full-scale commercial production of its Opticor advanced transparency material at its Sylmar facility in Los Angeles. Opticor is being used for the outboard surface of the cabin windows for the soon-to-be-certified Gulfstream G650 corporate jet (a G650 window is on display on the company’s stand here at the show, at Hall 4 Stand B10).
To celebrate its 40 years of publication service, AIN was invited to Savannah on Thursday for a special event hosted by the senior management of Gulfstream Aerospace.
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group has begun full-scale commercial production of Opticor transparency material at its Sylmar, Calif. facility. Opticor is being used in the cabin windows of the soon-to-be-certified Gulfstream G650. The company transferred pilot operations from the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center near Pittsburgh to expand production of the high-performance plastic for lightweight aircraft windows. Additionally, PPG will be displaying a G650 cabin window next week at the Farnborough International Airshow.
The Gulfstream G280 joined a small but growing list of aircraft that are subject to special conditions from the FAA meant to prevent unauthorized “connectivity to, or access by, external systems and networks.” An FAA spokesman told AIN that “similar cybersecurity protection special conditions have already been applied” to the Airbus A350; Boeing 767-2C, 787-8 and 747-8; Bombardier C Series; Embraer Legacy 500; and Gulfstream G650.