Gulfstream G650

December 28, 2009 - 5:42am

A shell-shocked business aviation industry is peeking out from behind the bulwarks and wondering if the lull in gunfire signals the beginning of an end to the battle.

“Flying has picked up again in a meaningful way, which is a good sign for everybody,” said Steve O’Neill, CEO of CitationAir, which announced last month it would be recalling 16 furloughed pilots and accepting its first two Citation Xs by the end of the year.

December 16, 2009 - 10:38am

Effective January 1 Savannah Air Center will be named Midcoast Aviation. In the U.S., Midcoast Aviation will now operate two completions and maintenance centers (St. Louis and Savannah). In an effort to strengthen its completions, modification and maintenance services in North America, Jet Aviation acquired Midcoast Aviation in 2006 and, in 2008, Savannah Air Center.

December 11, 2009 - 9:51am
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Gulfstream Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) flew the G250 super-midsize business jet for the first time today, fulfilling a promise made earlier this year to fly the airplane before the end of 2009. The milestone completes Gulfstream’s goal to fly both its completely new G650 ultra-long-range jet and the G250, which is a derivative of the G200 (the former IAI Galaxy), before year-end.

December 8, 2009 - 10:29am

On Friday, the wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 resumed flight testing, following the November 25 maiden flight of the first test aircraft (T1) that was cut short at 12 minutes due to “slight vibrations” in one of the gear doors. “We have identified the cause of the vibration in the landing-gear doors and are developing a permanent solution,” a Gulfstream spokeswoman told AIN.

November 25, 2009 - 11:34am
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The first Gulfstream G650, dubbed T1 for test aircraft one, achieved its maiden flight this afternoon, though it was cut short due to “slight vibrations” in one of the gear doors. A Gulfstream spokeswoman told AIN that the flight was intended to last for about an hour; nevertheless, the G650’s 12-minute flight is still considered a full-fledged success by the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer.

November 24, 2009 - 10:15am

Rockwell Collins announced that its HGS-6250 head-up guidance (Hud) system has been certified for the Gulfstream G450 and G550. The Hud will be standard on the G450, G550 and G650 and optional on the G250, G350 and G500. Based on LCD and LED technology, the HGS-6250 provides precise head-up guidance cues, the widest field of view of any civil Hud and is compatible with Gulfstream’s EVS II enhanced-vision system, Rockwell Collins said.

November 24, 2009 - 3:45am

Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin last month indicated that the Canadian manufacturer might launch a model to compete with the Gulfstream G650, but he did not indicate a timescale. Some believe such an announcement could be made as soon as the first quarter of next year. Speaking to reporters at a briefing in Montreal, Beaudoin said that the company would definitely position itself to compete with Gulfstream.

November 23, 2009 - 9:24am

For the past several months, analysts and industry observers have been noting signs of a recovery, even as some statistics suggest otherwise. So where is the truth? Is the industry bouncing back, or is it experiencing a yo-yo effect and there’s more down to come?

“It depends,” in the noncommittal words of one analyst.

November 17, 2009 - 8:58am

Although a spokeswoman confirmed last week that Bombardier has no imminent plans to announce a larger jet to compete with Gulfstream’s G650, CEO Pierre Beaudoin recently indicated that the company might launch a model to compete with the G650, but he did not indicate a timescale. Some believe it could be as soon as the first quarter of next year.

November 16, 2009 - 6:41am

Executives from Gulfstream Aerospace were clearly starting to relax about the economic situation at a Dubai Airshow press conference here this week. The business aircraft manufacturer is banking on an upturn to ensure that its two new jets–the G250 and G650–prove real winners.

 
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