Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream Aerospace, said at a press briefing here yesterday that the Middle East remains a growing market for its business jets and that political turmoil of the Arab Spring has “not had as much impact as we expected.”
Gulfstream Aerospace expects to receive provisional type certification (PTC) of its wide-cabin G650 this year–possibly by the end of this month–followed by issuance of the full type certificate early next year. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2012 “as we said years ago,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.
The ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 is expected to receive FAA certification this year, as originally predicted in the timeline for the program when it was unveiled.
Las Vegas, the site of the 64th Annual NBAA Convention and Exhibition, is always a strong draw, and this year’s show was no exception, with 7 percent more attendees registering during the three-day event from October 10 to 12.
General Dynamics reported third-quarter earnings yesterday, and chairman and CEO Jay Johnson said the company’s aerospace group–Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation–saw “continued emerging market customer interest and improved aircraft service volume” in the quarter.
Duncan Aviation announced that a new 45,000-sq-ft paint shop at its Lincoln, Neb. facility will be in service next spring. It is designed to accommodate aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Global Express and Dassault Falcon 7X. The $10.5 million facility incorporates down-draft airflow, automatic monitoring and alarms.
Gulfstream Aerospace is showing its newly announced “Elite” interiors for the G550 and G450 here at NBAA 2011. The extra-cost package incorporates much of the look, feel and functionality of the clean-lines interior the company developed for its new flagship G650 ultra-long-range business jet.
FlightSafety International (FSI) announced a variety of new offerings aimed at enhancing its ability to train customers in current and forthcoming aircraft. For example, it is designing and manufacturing 14 Level D-qualified simulators that will be installed in its learning centers in 2012 and 2013. Next year, moreover, it will add training locations for Gulfstream’s G450 and G550 in Dallas and Hong Kong.
Gulfstream Aerospace unveiled its new “Elite” interiors for the G550 and G450 at the NBAA Convention this week in Las Vegas. The extra-cost package incorporates much of the clean-lines look, feel, and functionality of the interior the company developed for its ultra-long-range flagship G650. “The Elite package is built on the brand DNA of the G650,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.
Class warfare is much in the headlines of late, and there’s a sort of parallel in business aviation. While the wealthiest citizens and corporations are sitting on mounds of cash for fear of investing it in the wrong place in troubled times, the middle class, the poor and many small businesses are feeling the financial deprivation of this downturn day-to-day. So goes it in the hierarchy of business-jet manufacturers.