Gulfstream Aerospace celebrated two milestones yesterday, August 14–the 55th anniversary of the GI’s first flight in 1958 and the 10th anniversary of the G550’s FAA certification in 2003. Powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Dart turboprops, the GI was the first aircraft specifically designed and built for business travel, the company noted.
Gulfstream Aerospace has seen “significant growth” in the size of its customer-operated aircraft fleet in Latin America, especially in Brazil, where the fleet of Gulfstream business jets has nearly quadrupled since 2008. According to Gulfstream senior vice president of sales and marketing Scott Neal, 8 percent of the installed Gulfstream base is in Latin America. There are currently 176 Gulfstreams based here in Latin America, including 39 in Brazil. In 2008, these figures were 92 and 10, respectively.
Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed Luiz Sandler as its new regional vice president of sales for South America. He is replacing Bill Arrazola, who recently retired. His sales territory spans Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay.
Since 2007, Sandler served as sales director with International Jet Traders, which is Gulfstream’s sales representative for Brazil. Before that he was Embraer’s regional sales manager for Latin America.
While analysts are forecasting a slowdown for most Latin American economies in 2013, Bombardier–in its 20-year forecast released in June this year–expects to see an improved market in 2014 and believes that as early as 2016, the Canadian manufacturer will “surpass its prior delivery peak year of 2008.”
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) has wrapped up a $29 million expansion project known as the North Aviation Development. The project, funded by FAA entitlement grants and airport revenues, saw the realignment of Gulfstream Road to a newly built 1,200-foot tunnel under Taxiway A, which was extended 1,800 feet to a total of 9,302 feet. The additional length allowed the taxiway to connect with the newly built new 4,033-foot taxiway H, which now links Gulfstream Aerospace’s new $500 million campus expansion to the rest of the airport.
Gulfstream Aerospace tapped Luiz Sandler as regional vice president of sales for South America. He replaces Bill Arrazola, who recently retired. In his new role, Sandler is responsible for Gulfstream sales in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay. Since 2007, he was the sales director for International Jet Traders, Gulfstream’s sales representative for Brazil. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Sandler is a commercial pilot with a 737 type rating.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s enhanced vision system (EVS) II and head-up display (HUD) II for the G280 are now FAA certified, the company announced late last week. Combined, the systems–which are integrated with the G280’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion-based PlaneView280 avionics–allow pilots to see terrain, runways, taxiways and possible obstructions in low-visibility conditions.
General Dynamics’s aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, had “a powerful quarter, with the highest revenue, operating earnings [and] operating margins reported in the last six quarters,” according to chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic. Aerospace revenues for the first half climbed $616 million or 19.2 percent, with operating earnings up $171 million (32.4 percent), she said, “a clear manifestation of Jet Aviation’s return to profitability and the performance improvement at Gulfstream.”
Aviation authorities in China and Canada have completed type certification for Gulfstream’s new G280. The U.S. manufacturer confirmed the approvals late last week and the new super-midsize model now meets all airworthiness and environmental requirements in the two countries. The steps clear the way for customers to place G280s on the national registers of China or Canada for the first time. The aircraft has previously been certified in the U.S. and Israel, as well as having been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency. It entered service on November 13 last year.
Gulfstream Aerospace has opened a sales and design center in Dallas. The 9,300-sq-ft facility allows customers to see and evaluate potential paint schemes, cabin layouts and interior cabin selections. At the heart of the offerings is a software design program.