Gulfstream Aerospace has added two European warehouses to its growing product-support network, increasing parts and materials on the continent to approximately $110 million.
Gulfstream Aerospace selected Securaplane’s lithium-ion battery as standard equipment on its new G650. The multimillion-dollar deal marks the first time a Gulfstream aircraft will feature the technology, which is some 50-percent lighter than conventional NiCad or lead-acid batteries and carries a higher energy density. The subsidiary of UK-based Meggitt said the weight reduction per shipset equates to nearly one passenger.
Three super-midsize G250 flight-test airplanes have flown more than 1,150 hours and 400 flights, and the jet remains on schedule for certification later this year, Gulfstream Aerospace said. The Honeywell HTF7250G turbofan received FAA certification on March 18 and delivers substantially lower emissions compared with its HTF7000 sibling. All static, limit/ultimate load testing has been completed on the G250, and fatigue testing is under way.
Gulfstream Aerospace resumed flying the G650 on Saturday, nearly two months after suspending the flight-test program following an April 2 fatal accident involving G650 S/N 6002. Senior experimental test pilots Jake Howard and Tom Horne flew S/N 6001 on a one hour, 39 minute flight that originated and terminated at Savannah (Ga.) International Airport.
Three super-midsize G250 flight-test airplanes have flown more than 1,150 hours and 400 flights, and the jet remains on schedule for certification later this year, Gulfstream Aerospace said this week at EBACE in Geneva. The Honeywell HTF7250G turbofan received FAA certification on March 18 and delivers substantially lower emissions compared with the earlier version, the HTF7000.
Gulfstream Aerospace is well on its way to achieving certification of two new jets this year–the G250 and G650–as utilization of the nearly 2,000-strong, in-service Gulfstream fleet grows, new orders exceed deliveries and the product support business continues to expand.
Airborne communications and flight following provider Guardian Mobility has appointed Howard Pearl president and CEO. He succeeds founding CEO Jean Carr.
Jeppesen has named Paul Eckert v-p of aviation for Europe. He will lead the company’s European, Middle East and African operations.
With defense spending remaining a target of increased budget scrutiny, General Dynamics chairman and CEO Jay Johnson said yesterday that he sees the company’s Gulfstream Aerospace division as its main “growth engine.” During the first-quarter investor conference call yesterday morning, Johnson said the firm’s aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream and Jet Aviation, had a “strong quarter” with $1.353 billion in revenues, just $4 million
Gulfstream has expanded its airborne product support program, with a second G100 and three additional pilots and two technicians to support AOG customers. Gulfstream introduced its airborne aircraft maintenance and support program in May 2002 and makes dedicated aircraft available 24/7 to deliver flight-essential parts or technicians to customers whose aircraft are under warranty in North America and the Caribbean.
GKN Aerospace has been selected to build the entire fuselage for the HondaJet, the UK-based aerostructures specialist said today at a press conference in London. It will build the all-composite fuselage in two sections before they are combined. Production fuselage sections are due to start being delivered in the second quarter of next year to Honda Aircraft for final assembly at its Greensboro, N.C. facility.