Dassault has ceased production of its Falcon 2000DX and Falcon 900DX, CEO Charles Edelstenne revealed at the company’s annual press conference on March 17. Another company official explained to AIN that the small market for the airplanes–only a handful are produced each year–did not justify their continued production. The DX letters designated shorter-range versions of the Falcon 2000 and 900, offered at a hoped-for attractive price.
Rekkof Aircraft will invite tenders from established Tier 1 aerostructures companies to produce parts for its planned Fokker 100NG development of the Dutch jetliner design at a factory to be built in Brazil, according to chief executive Maarten van Eeghen.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently expanded its product support organization with the opening of an In-Flight Support Center, the centerpiece of which is three FlightSafety International-built flight-deck simulators that can mirror what is happening in flight.
General Dynamics Aerospace Group ended 2010 with encouraging numbers that Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics, believes will carry the Savannah-based OEM through 2011.
Gulfstream G650 S/N 6004 recently demonstrated the modelπs high-speed cruising capabilities, flying more than 1,900 nm in 3 hours and 26 minutes. While the aircraft averaged an impressive groundspeed of 550 knots on the coast-to-coast flight, it wasn't a civil record–in February 2003 Steve Fossett flew his Cessna Citation X from San Diego to Charleston, S.C., in 2 hours 56 minutes, averaging almost 632 knots thanks to a strong tailwind.
Gulfstream described G650 S/N 6001’s recent tests using the electrically powered fly-by-wire (FBW) backup flight-control actuation system as “flawless.” During a three-hour, 33-minute flight, test pilots Jake Howard and Gary Freeman and flight-test engineers Bill Osborne and Nathaniel Rutland evaluated the fly-by-wire system in electric backup actuation mode for two hours and 20 minutes, performing five landings with the backup system engaged.
Signature Flight Support announced several executive promotions. Joe Gibney, formerly v-p of sales, was named v-p and managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and will be based in London. Alicia Rodites was promoted from director of revenue management to v-p of revenue management while John Farmer, most recently regional v-p for the Southeast, was tapped as v-p of network development for the Americas.
General Dynamics, the parent company of Gulfstream and Jet Aviation, yesterday reported revenue of $32.47 billion and pre-tax earnings of $2.63 billion last year, up from $31.981 billion and $2.41 billion, respectively, in 2009. The company’s aerospace segment accounted for $5.3 billion in revenue and $860 million in profits last year, the latter up 21 percent over 2009.
Gulfstream G650 S/N 6005–the fifth and final flight-test iteration of the new wide-cabin business jet–lifted off yesterday for the first time, flying for 2+46. The five G650s in the program have now surpassed 1,100 hours of flight testing. On its first flight, S/N 6005 launched from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 12:07 p.m., eventually reaching Mach 0.94 and 51,000 feet before landing at 2:53 p.m.
Gulfstream Aerospace has acquired a 253,000-sq-ft building in Savannah, Ga., to house its growing research and development program.