Gulfstream Aerospace reports that the G450, an upgraded G400 with G550 avionics, is on track for FAA certification in the third quarter of this year. Customer deliveries are pegged to begin next spring. Since the model’s first flight on April 30 last year, the four G450 test airplanes have logged more than 1,250 flight hours on about 500 flights.
In March Gulfstream launched a program in which it pledged to match competitors’ parts prices for large-cabin Gulfstreams. The “Meet the Quote” program, originally scheduled to end May 15, has been extended to the end of July and expanded to include parts for the G100 and G200. If it costs less than Gulfstream’s price for the same part in “comparable condition, age and warranty,” Gulfstream will match price.
Since parent company General Dynamics acquired Galaxy Aerospace last year, Gulfstream has been on a program to improve the performance of the Gulfstream 200 (nee Galaxy) to meet a request by NetJets that it be able to fly London to New York in 85-percent winds with four passengers at Mach 0.75.
The good news is that a supersonic business jet (SSBJ) is almost inevitable. The not so good news is that it is probably at least a decade away. And securing the funding for research may be as problematic as the noise from any sonic boom.
On August 31 Gulfstream and Israel Aircraft Industries, manufacturer of the G100 and G200, celebrated the rollout of the 100th G200 at a ceremony in Tel Aviv. Since 2001, when Gulfstream purchased the G200 product line and type certificate from the now defunct Galaxy Aerospace, the company has delivered 67 outfitted aircraft.
The first of two phases of the Gulfstream Aerospace new Savannah Service Center has officially opened.
In March last year the company announced a seven-year, $400 million long-range expansion plan for its Savannah headquarters and business-jet manufacturing and maintenance facilities. It includes the new 624,588-sq-ft service center on 76.6 acres at the southwest quadrant of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Year to date, Gulfstream Aerospace has logged more sales from customers outside the U.S. than inside, 66 versus 62, according to Joe Lombardo, Gulfstream president. By comparison, total Gulfstream orders for all of last year were 92 domestic and 67 international, and in 2004 they were 75 domestic and just 22 international.
Joe Lombardo took over as president of Gulfstream Aerospace last April, inheriting the reins to a company in the midst of an unprecedented sales boom and an exploding global market for business jets.
Gulfstream Aerospace and General Dynamics Aviation Services (GDAS) will present a full day of maintenance and operations sessions today in the Georgia World Congress Center. Each will provide brief updates and technical presentations on current maintenance and operational issues including fleet status, publications, maintenance management and pending technical bulletins.
Last Thursday Gulfstream officially opened the first of two phases of its new 624,588-sq-ft Savannah (Ga.) Service Center as part of a seven-year, $400 million long-range expansion plan for its headquarters and business jet manufacturing and maintenance facilities.