“There’s a fair amount of caution out there, but we’re seeing steady activity at our Gulfstream and Jet Aviation subsidiaries,” Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream and Jet Aviation parent company General Dynamics, said last month at the Morgan Stanley Global Industrials Unplugged Conference. Backlog for current-production large-cabin Gulfstreams is “about where we want to be” at 18 months, he noted.
According to Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, the Gulfstream G650 and G250 test programs are proceeding on track: “Significantly, both aircraft are performing in test exactly as predicted.” The super-midsize G250 and wide-cabin G650 are expected to be certified next year, and G250 deliveries will start “in 2011.” Johnson said Gulfstream plans to deliver 17 G650s in 2012 and 33 each in 2013 and
George Tsopeis, Zenith Jet’s vice president of aviation services and a former member of Bombardier’s business aircraft strategy and business development team, expects Bombardier to unveil a new ultra-long-range aircraft later this month at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta.
Zenith Jet vice president of aviation services George Tsopeis expects Bombardier to unveil a new ultra-long-range aircraft next month at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta. He made the prediction late last week during a Desjardins Securities conference call about the 10-year outlook for the business jet market.
“There’s a fair amount of caution out there, but we're seeing steady activity at our aerospace division, which consists of Gulfstream and Jet Aviation,” Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream and Jet Aviation parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday at the Morgan Stanley Global Industrials Unplugged Conference. Backlog for current-production large-cabin Gulfstreams is “about where we want to be” at 18 months, he noted.
Gulfstream Aerospace on Friday evening said its G650 S/N 6001 skirted the speed of sound on August 12, reaching Mach 0.995 during flutter testing as part of the 1,800-hour flight-test program for the wide-cabin, long-range business jet.
Business jet manufacturers are quietly progressing toward more-electric architectures, where electricity replaces hydraulic and pneumatic power in systems such as brakes, landing gear or even control-surface actuation. This avoids the use of environmentally unfriendly hydraulic fluids and ultimately should help reduce fuel burn.
The Nigerian government’s announcement last month that it is buying two Falcon 7Xs and one Gulfstream G550 has yielded a rare public viewing of business aircraft discounts. The three aircraft will join the country’s eight-aircraft presidential fleet, which includes a Boeing Business Jet, Gulfstream IV-SP and GV and two Falcon 900s.
From his perspective as v-p of market intelligence for Embraer Executive Jets, Claudio Camelier says “The economy is getting better this year.”