With FAA type certification of its new G650 and G280 in hand, Gulfstream is stepping up efforts to ensure that it meets its goal of making first customer deliveries during the last three months of this year. “We are focused on ensuring that deliveries start in the fourth quarter,” Gulfstream president Larry Flynn told AIN today at Jet Expo 2012 in Moscow. He added that G650 deliveries to Russian customers are scheduled to begin during the first few months of next year.
West Star Aviation has hired Greg Byrnes as senior vice president for sales. He replaces Rick Brainard, who was promoted to vice president for business development. Previously, Byrnes spent 17 years with Gulfstream Aerospace, where his most recent position was vice president of sales and new business development. Byrnes will be responsible for generating maintenance and modification sales for all West Star Aviation locations. Brainard will develop new business for all West Star locations.
An FAA review has found that some Gulfstream Aerospace G150s might not meet the takeoff requirements contained in the type’s airplane flight manual (AFM) because data for runway slope and anti-ice corrections to V1 and takeoff distances were originally “developed in a non-conservative manner.”
Stevens Aviation has added the Gulfstream III, IV and IV-SP to its Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., maintenance capabilities. The program is being led by Gulfstream veteran Rick Screen, who held management positions within Gulfstream Aerospace and West Star Aviation before joining Stevens Aviation as its Gulfstream program manager. The MRO offers Gulfstream inspections and maintenance, structural repairs, avionics, interior refurbishment and has a 24/7 mobile maintenance team.
FlightSafety International began customer pilot training for the Gulfstream G650 yesterday at its Savannah Gulfstream Learning Center, just three days after the aircraft received FAA type certification. There are 16 pilots enrolled in the first class, which is expected to last 3.5 weeks and will be supported by two FAA-approved full-motion simulators, four graphical flight simulators (GFS) and 14 pilot instructors.
The Gulfstream G550 received type approval from the South African Civil Aviation Authority yesterday, allowing operators to register the ultra-long-range business jet in South Africa. “Gulfstream’s presence in Africa has grown dramatically, particularly in South Africa, which accounts for 24 percent of the entire Gulfstream fleet in Africa,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of sales and marketing Scott Neal.
The wide-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 received full FAA type certification today, just days after the Savannah-based aircraft manufacturer obtained final FAA and Israeli approval for its super-midsize G280. Gulfstream Aerospace expects to deliver the first outfitted G650s to customers before year-end; it delivered 12 green G650s late last year after receiving provisional FAA certification in November.
Gulfstream Aerospace has extended the operating hours at its company-owned service center in Westfield, Mass., to provide 24-hour service Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends. Gulfstream Westfield offers AOG support, airframe inspections, avionics installations and interior refurbishments. The MRO facility currently employs 168 people, including 90 A&P technicians and 16 avionics technicians. Facility technicians are certified to work on large- and mid-cabin Gulfstream aircraft along with Hawker Beechcraft, Dassault Falcon and Bombardier Challenger business jets.
The super-midsize Gulfstream G280, a joint project between Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), obtained full FAA and Israeli type certification today. This was an on-time arrival for Gulfstream, which had promised such approval in the third quarter. The aircraft received provisional type certification from Israel’s CAAI on December 29 and from the FAA on March 1.
To mark its one-year anniversary, privately owned Austin Executive Airport opened a new 26,650-sq-ft hangar, bringing its available leased shelter space to more than 63,000 sq ft. Built as part of a $33 million master plan by Houston businessman Ron Henriksen, the airport features an 18,249-sq-ft arrival canopy and a 6,025-foot runway that can handle the newest business aircraft, including the Gulfstream G650 and new Bombardier Globals.