AIN has learned that Gulfstream Aerospace is working on new designs that may leverage elements of the new G650. One source speculated that a shorter G650 fuselage with new engines could provide a modern replacement for the G450/G550. Another source said that engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney and GE are proposing new engines for Gulfstream’s next jet program.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently added a representative to its field service organization. Jenson Saw will assist Gulfstream customers in Beijing, China, and surrounding areas.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named industry veteran Jeff Miller to the newly created position of vice president of communications. Miller comes to Gulfstream from Dallas, where he spent nine years as CEO of advertising and public relations firm Blake-Miller Communications. He previously held communications roles at Galaxy Aerospace, Learjet and Piaggio Aviation.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Florian “Flo” Thiele senior regional sales manager, product support sales, for parts of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Thiele reports to Jeff Hill, director of international product support sales.
The first production models of Gulfsteam’s two newest business jets are proceeding down their respective assembly lines, both heading toward type certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Safety Agency in 2011, Gulfstream division vice president for international sales Roger Sperry said Tuesday.
The new G250 business jet that IAI builds in partnership with Gulfstream Aerospace is continuing the flight-test program that it started on Dec. 11, 2009. In recent flights, the aircraft has flown up to 40,000 feet at speeds of up to Mach 0.85 as it heads for planned certification before the end of 2011.
International Water-Guard has marked some highlight events recently, among them delivery of its 2,000th water treatment unit (for installation in a Dassault 2000LX) and delivery of the first of the new IWG-A6 unit to Gulfstream Aerospace for the new G650.
In a conference call with analysts yesterday, General Dynamics president and CEO Jay Johnson summarized full-year and fourth-quarter results for the defense and aerospace manufacturing conglomerate. Overall, sales climbed 9.2 percent over 2008, to nearly $32 billion, “driven entirely by our defense businesses,” he said. This growth was offset by a 6.2-percent decline in aerospace revenue during 2009 versus 2008.
Savannah Air Center will change its name to Midcoast Aviation effective January 1. The Savannah, Ga.-based company was acquired by Jet Aviation in 2008, two years after Jet Aviation acquired Midcoast Aviation in St. Louis, as part of the company’s effort to strengthen its completions, modification and maintenance services in North America.
Gulfstream Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) flew the super-midsize G250 for the first time on December 11, and at press time were expecting the new airplane to fly again, weather permitting. This second flight could see the Honeywell HTF7250G-powered twinjet reach 40,000 feet and Mach 0.8, according to IAI chief test pilot Ronen Shapira.