After getting peppered with questions from investor analysts yesterday about how the April 2 crash of a flight-test G650 would affect the aircraft program, Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream parent General Dynamics, finally relented.
Last week marked the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. In her day, she was the biggest and best of her kind, incorporating the latest technology of the period.
As a general rule, AIN does not discuss aircraft accidents with reporters from the general media for the simple reason that we can’t really add much more than background information to what the NTSB and FAA report. We have also found, as have many others, that speculation about the cause of any accident, as is often reported in the general media, is usually pointless and often harmful.
The NTSB is leading the investigation into Saturday’s fatal crash of Gulfstream G650 S/N 6002 during “performance tests” at Roswell (N.M.) International Air Center Airport.
A Gulfstream G650 flight-test airplane crashed today at 9:30 a.m. mountain time in Roswell, N.M., killing two Gulfstream pilots and two Gulfstream flight test engineers, the company confirmed.
Gulfstream Aerospace has opened an in-flight support center as part of its customer support call center. The call center, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, handles an average of 60,000 calls per month.
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.