With sales of $1.6 billion, up 16 percent from the same period last year, General Dynamics’ aerospace group was a bright spot in the company’s second-quarter 2012 financial report, released yesterday morning.
Gulfstream Aerospace has enrolled more than 140 aircraft in its Flight Operations Risk Management Service (Forms) program, providing operators with access to data that can reduce operational hazards. Among its benefits, Forms data can be used to analyze airport-specific approach procedures that can challenge pilots. The larger the Forms database becomes, the better Gulfstream is able to identify trends and implement corrective measures through education and training, it said. Gulfstream’s Forms database now includes operational details on more than 25,000 flights.
Gulfstream Aerospace named 32-year aviation industry veteran Joseph Rivera as its director of international operations. In his new position, he will be based in Savannah and will oversee Gulfstream’s three international service centers in Beijing; Luton, England; and Sorocaba, Brazil. Luton and Sorocaba are currently in operation, while Gulfstream Beijing is expected to begin operations soon. “Joseph’s breadth of experience and leadership skills will greatly benefit our customer service organization,” said Gulfstream product support president Mark Burns.
To celebrate its 40 years of publication service, AIN was invited to Savannah on Thursday for a special event hosted by the senior management of Gulfstream Aerospace.
The Jet Aviation Sorocaba FBO and maintenance facility of Jet Aviation has been rebranded as Gulfstream Brazil. Both companies are owned by General Dynamics. The 20 employees, including nine maintenance or avionics technicians, will remain in place. The Sorocaba facility joins two more international service centers: Gulfstream Luton, north of London; and Gulfstream Beijing, scheduled to begin operations later this year.
A Gulfstream Aerospace spokesman categorically denied a report published by British tabloid Daily Mail saying that the company, along with NASA, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, would “sketch out” details of a supersonic business jet at the Farnborough Airshow, which starts July 9. Further, Lockheed Martin does not have any civil aircraft announcements planned at the UK airshow.
The board of directors at General Dynamics, parent company of Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, announced yesterday that chairman and CEO Jay Johnson will retire effective December 31. Johnson, the former Navy fighter pilot who’s been heading General Dynamics since 2003, is to be succeeded by Phebe Novakovic. Last month, Novakovic was named president and COO of General Dynamics. Previously she served as executive vice president of the company’s marine systems group and senior vice president for planning and development.
Nearly 15 years after entering service, the ultra-long-range Gulfstream V has surpassed one million flight hours. According to Gulfstream Aerospace, the 193 in-service GVs have collectively completed more than 458,000 takeoffs and landings, with the fleet leader logging more than 16,100 flight hours and more than 7,400 landings. Within a few months of the GV’s first delivery in June 1997, its development team received the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy award.
Gulfstream’s G650, the U.S. manufacturer’s largest, fastest flying jet, made its first transoceanic crossing to appear here at the EBACE show, having touched down at Geneva Airport on Saturday evening. Both the G650 and the super mid-size G280, which landed Saturday morning, are making their European debuts. They flew in from Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International. Gulfstream intends to apply for city-pair speed records from the U.S.