Last week Gulfstream noted the one-year anniversary of the first customer delivery of its flagship G650. The ultra-long-range twinjet received its FAA certification on Sept. 7, 2012, after a flight-test program that logged more than 4,400 flight hours over 1,319 flights. EASA approval followed in December. Over the past year, the Savannah-based airframer has delivered nearly 50 of the wide-cabin business jets to customers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America.
International Water-Guard Industries (IWG) announced earlier this week that its agreement with Gulfstream Aerospace to provide water treatment units for the G450 and G550 has been renewed. The Canadian water systems specialist, based in Burnaby, B.C., has been providing water treatment units to Gulfstream for more than 20 years. The unit, manufactured by IWG Technologies, is standard on the G650.
Jet Aviation Teterboro received FAA approval to perform base, line, repair and overhaul maintenance support for the Gulfstream G650. The authorization also extends to Jet Aviation’s Cayman and Bermuda AMOs and EASA repair station authorities. “We have made a significant investment in tooling, training and data to support the needs of our clients moving to this new aircraft type,” said David Smith, director of quality assurance, MRO services.
FlightSafety International has partnered with Gulfstream to provide an online course for FBOs on the proper ground handling for the Savannah OEM’s large-cabin business jets. The course covers all facets of handling and servicing, such as towing, parking, fueling, aircraft safety walk-around, lavatory servicing, window cleaning and snow and ice removal. “This course, which has been updated to include the G650, is a thorough review of how to keep our business jets–and the people who service them–safe,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream product support.
The second Gulfstream G650 to sell on the pre-owned market sold for $70 million via The Jet Business in London earlier this month. The private individual who took delivery of the new wide-cabin jet in July sold it to a Japanese property group for a profit of approximately $10 million. Steve Varsano, owner of The Jet Business, said he is currently in negotiations to sell another G650, “hopefully within the short term.” Gulfstream enforces strict anti-speculation clauses on its aircraft until they have been delivered.
After recently concluding all high-speed certification flights, the FAA has validated the Mach 0.935 maximum operating speed for Cessna’s new Citation X.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s deliveries of completed aircraft more than doubled to 38 (32 large-cabin and six midsize jets) in the third quarter versus 17 large-cabin jets in the same period a year ago, parent company General Dynamics said during its quarterly investor conference call yesterday morning. In the first nine months, Gulfstream (Booth No. N3932) has shipped 103 outfitted airplanes (87 large cabin, 16 midsize), a nearly 81-percent rise from the 57 aircraft (52 large cabin, five midsize) handed over to customers in the same period last year.
The Gulfstream Elite interior concept that made its debut in the G650 and found its second application in the G450, has now arrived–literally–here in Las Vegas, in a G550. It is on display, inside N550GA, at Henderson Executive Airport during NBAA 2013. To date, Gulfstream has delivered some 30 Elite cabins.
GE Aviation (Booth No. N5500) is aiming to grow its Business and General Aviation (and Integrated Systems) business to $1 billion in revenues by 2020 from the $300 million level it is at in 2013. This is already significantly up from the $150 million it turned over in 2008.
Yesterday Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace product support, summarized the company’s latest efforts in the product support arena, which includes 3,850 personnel, 11 Gulfstream-owned service centers, 14 Jet Aviation facilities, more than $1.4 billion in parts and materials, upgraded Field and Airborne Support Team (Fast) G150s and three rapid-response Fast trucks, in Los Angeles, Houston and New York.