With two new aircraft programs fast approaching the marketplace Gulfstream Aerospace is challenging Bombardier’s recent dominance as arguably the leading innovator for new jet designs. But this is no more than a case of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, as far as Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi is concerned.
AIN has learned that Gulfstream Aerospace is working on new designs that may leverage elements of the new G650. One source speculated that a shorter G650 fuselage with new engines could provide a modern replacement for the G450/G550. Another source said that engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney and GE are proposing new engines for Gulfstream’s next jet program.
Honeywell’s next-generation flight management system (NGFMS) is currently undergoing flight testing on the Gulfstream G650 and the Boeing 747-8. “The NGFMS provides all of the capability to meet requirements for improving air traffic management through decreased separation and more direct routing,” said Honeywell Aerospace vice president of marketing and product
If it is true that an event becomes history when it is no longer referred to in the present tense, then the Great Recession still has some receding to do, despite recent suggestions by industry analysts that we are now in the market trough and the only direction is up.
Honeywell’s next-generation flight management system (NGFMS) is currently undergoing flight testing on the Gulfstream G650 and was tested during the Boeing 747-8 first flight last month. “The NGFMS provides all of the capability to meet requirements for improving air traffic management through decreased separation and more direct routing,” said Honeywell Aerospace vice president of marketing and product management Carl Esposito.
The second Gulfstream G650–known as test article two, or T2 for short–completed its maiden flight from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, Ga., at 12:50 p.m. last Thursday. T2 was piloted by senior Gulfstream experimental test pilots Gary Freeman and Scott Buethe, who took the second wide-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 on a two-hour and 33 minute initial jaunt from Gulfstream’s Savannah headquarters.
The first production models of Gulfsteam’s two newest business jets are proceeding down their respective assembly lines, both heading toward type certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Safety Agency in 2011, Gulfstream division vice president for international sales Roger Sperry said Tuesday.
International Water-Guard has marked some highlight events recently, among them delivery of its 2,000th water treatment unit (for installation in a Dassault 2000LX) and delivery of the first of the new IWG-A6 unit to Gulfstream Aerospace for the new G650.
In a conference call with analysts yesterday, General Dynamics president and CEO Jay Johnson summarized full-year and fourth-quarter results for the defense and aerospace manufacturing conglomerate. Overall, sales climbed 9.2 percent over 2008, to nearly $32 billion, “driven entirely by our defense businesses,” he said. This growth was offset by a 6.2-percent decline in aerospace revenue during 2009 versus 2008.
In late December, the FAA granted type approval for Rolls-Royce’s BR725 turbofan, which powers the Gulfstream G650. The certification covers a thrust rating of 16,100 pounds and follows EASA certification in June. The G650 flight-test program has been under way since November 25, and Gulfstream expects the ultra-long-range wide-cabin business jet to enter service in 2012.