Gulfstream Aerospace recently received an expansion of its Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) to include final-phase manufacturing and service-center work at its headquarters in Savannah as well as its facilities in Appleton, Wis.; Brunswick, Ga.; Dallas; and Long Beach, Calif.
Gulfstream Aerospace is designating the Jet Aviation facility in São Paulo, Brazil, as an authorized warranty repair facility. “Because Jet Aviation is now part of the General Dynamics parent-company aerospace group, it allows us to improve our service capabilities in the region, and in particular in Brazil,” Gulfstream said. General Dynamics is also the parent company of Gulfstream.
Gulfstream Aerospace this morning rolled out the first wide-cabin G650 to much fanfare, and a crowd that completely filled the G650 production hangar, at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters. What made the event even more noteworthy is that the $64.5 million (2009 $) twinjet–dubbed T1 for test aircraft one–did so under the power of its own Rolls-Royce BR725 engines.
Gulfstream Aerospace last week marked the service entry of the 500th Gulfstream outfitted with the manufacturer’s enhanced vision system (EVS). This milestone was reached eight years after the Savannah, Ga.-based company began offering the flight-deck safety technology to large-cabin Gulfstream operators.
Bombardier Aerospace and Gulfstream Aerospace are well known fierce rivals, but that doesn’t mean they can’t agree from time to time, especially when it comes to the outlook for business jets.
The FAA has approved the Gulfstream Aerospace Long Beach, Calif. facility to perform engine and APU maintenance on the Gulfstream G150. It was previously approved to perform only airframe maintenance. “Being able to service the entire Gulfstream fleet at Long Beach is important,” said Mark Burns, Gulfstream president for product support.
Eight full-time technicians have been assigned to Gulfstream Aerospace’s airborne product support program. Previously the company asked for volunteers to handle each occurrence. “The system was a bit random and the technicians were not always ready for immediate dispatch. They are now assigned to duty shifts and are packed and ready for immediate dispatch,” a company spokesman told AIN.
Jay Johnson, the new president and CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday during an investor conference that he is “encouraged right now” about the “gradually improving” business jet market. As proof, he noted that Gulfstream fleet flying hours are increasing and new order interest is improving.
International Water-Guard (IWG) of Burnaby, B.C., has delivered the first IWG-A6 water treatment units to Gulfstream Aerospace for installation in the OEM’s new G650. The IWG-A6 incorporates a new, modular design, allowing many water system product configurations to be developed from a common core.
Gulfstream Aerospace received FAA certification to use the second-generation Gulfstream enhanced-vision system (EVS II) on the midsize G150. The system is available for both new and in-service G150s, Gulfstream said. Using an infrared camera mounted in the airplane’s nose, the EVS II projects real-time images of the aircraft’s surroundings on a multifunction display.