Class warfare is much in the headlines of late, and there’s a sort of parallel in business aviation. While the wealthiest citizens and corporations are sitting on mounds of cash for fear of investing it in the wrong place in troubled times, the middle class, the poor and many small businesses are feeling the financial deprivation of this downturn day-to-day. So goes it in the hierarchy of business-jet manufacturers.
GE Aviation has been awarded two contracts from Gulfstream Aerospace to provide Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technology for the Gulfstream G650 business jet.
Aftermarket parts supplier CRS Jet Spares will hold its annual NBAA Harley Davidson motorcycle giveaway contest at Booth No. C10829 tomorrow at 3 p.m. An NBAA exhibitor for more than 20 years, CRS will give one lucky convention attendee a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster SuperLow XL883L.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Jace Stone as director, product support sales for the western U.S. and western Canada. Before his promotion, Stone was a national sales manager for Gulfstream product support sales in south Texas.
Hawker Beechcraft has selected the base locations for its previously announced mobile technical support team’s ground support vehicles. The West Coast team, covering Arizona, Nevada and California, is based at AvJet in Burbank. The Northeast team, which covers New York, New Jersey and Virginia, will be based at Hawker Beechcraft's Wilmington facility. The ground support vehicles are supplemented by a dedicated support aircraft.
Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics announced last month that Larry Flynn will succeed Joe Lombardo as president of the Savannah-based airframer, starting September 1.
The newly renamed G280 (formerly G250) is on schedule to enter service later this year, after certification by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), then EASA and the FAA. The first production G280 was delivered to Gulfstream’s completion center in Dallas in early August for interior outfitting and paint.
“Second-quarter Gulfstream orders were the largest we’ve seen since the economic downturn began,” said Jay Johnson, chairman of Gulfstream Aerospace parent company General Dynamics. In the three-month period, Gulfstream’s backlog climbed $428 million to $18 billion, representing an 18- to 24-month supply for in-production large-cabin jets.
The National Civil Aviation Authority in Brazil, Agência Nacional de Aviaçâo Civil (ANAC), has granted Jet Aviation Sorocaba the authority to provide line maintenance services on the Gulfstream IV, G500 and G550. The MRO also announced it has recently completed its first large inspection on a Gulfstream G200.
The recycling program recently launched at Gulfstream Aerospace’s Savannah and Brunswick, Ga. facilities has saved more than 600 tons of recyclables from reaching landfills. This includes 782,620 pounds of wood recycled in Savannah between November and June, and 433,940 pounds of paper, metal, plastic and cardboard diverted from landfills between February and June.