The FAA issued a final rule today that prohibits jets with an mtow of 75,000 pounds or less from operating in the contiguous U.S. after Dec. 31, 2015, unless they meet Stage 3 noise levels. To take effect on September 3, the rule could affect up to 599 civil jets, though any of these aircraft that are hushkitted or otherwise modified to meet Stage 3 standards will be permitted to operate in the U.S. in 2016 and beyond.
Gulfstream (Chalet A144) is claiming three new city-pair records for the G650 demonstrator flown to the Paris Air Show, and three records for the super-midsize G280 that is also on Gulfstream’s static display (Static N). These record flights await official confirmation by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The company also announced that it has opened a new sales and design center in London.
Phebe Novakovic, CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, says that Gulfstream has remedied the production/completion “disequilibrium” (her word at the time) that slowed initial deliveries of the G650. Speaking this morning at the Deutsche Bank Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference in Chicago, she said approximately 30 copies of the airframer’s new flagship had to undergo retrofits in the completions process to comply with FAA certification requirements.
Gulfstream Aerospace has entered into an exclusive parts consignment agreement with Air Works India Engineering. Under the terms of the agreement Air Works arranges for parts warehousing, customs clearance and delivery to customers while Gulfstream positions frequently needed aircraft replacement parts at Air Works’ warehouse in Bengaluru, India. Gulfstream began stocking parts at Air Works’ warehouse adjacent to Bengaluru International Airport in April. The approximate parts value is expected to reach $15 million by year-end.
Gulfstream Aerospace has made enhancements to its field and airborne support teams (Fast), the company’s program that helps Gulfstream operators in aircraft-on-ground (AOG) situations by dispatching technicians and maintenance engineers by airplane, train or automobile.
The company recently upgraded its Fast aircraft, replacing two Gulfstream G100s with two G150s. The aircraft transport technicians and flight-essential parts across the U.S., Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. Gulfstream maintains a G100 as a backup for the airborne maintenance service.
Million Air Dallas, which took delivery of a Gulfstream G650 on May 20, is now the first operator to have one of these ultra-long-range jets available for charter. Its wide-cabin jet is configured for up to 13 passengers and has a private crew-rest area to take advantage of the aircraft’s 7,000-nm range. In preparation for delivery of the new aircraft, Million Air Dallas built a new charter passenger terminal at Addison Airport, as well as a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar that houses the G650.
With general aviation contributing more than $3.5 billion to Wisconsin’s economy annually, and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) member companies employing more than 1,100 Wisconsinites, the association partnered with Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, Wis., today to celebrate GA’s role in the Badger state’s financial health. “The aviation industry is central to our local economy,” said Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson.
Gulfstream Aerospace signed an exclusive spare parts consignment agreement with aviation services provider Air Works India Engineering, the Savannah, Ga.-based business jet manufacturer announced yesterday. Under the agreement, Gulfstream can position frequently needed aircraft replacement parts at Air Works’ warehouse on the outskirts of India’s Bengaluru International Airport, while Air Works arranges for parts warehousing, customs clearance and delivery to customers.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in partnership with Gulfstream Aerospace, will hold a rally celebrating general aviation’s contributions to the economy on Thursday at Gulfstream’s Appleton, Wis. facility. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) will be the featured speakers. A crowd of 400 Gulfstream employees, general aviation enthusiasts and local community and business leaders is expected.
Jet Aviation Basel signed an agreement at EBACE with Custom Control Concepts (Booth 385) of Kent, Washington, to become the company’s exclusive authorized service center in Europe. Custom Control Concepts provides custom inflight entertainment equipment, lighting and cabin management systems to high-end jets and heads-of-state aircraft.