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.
After a year-and-a-half-long court battle, maintenance-tracking provider Camp Systems International and Gulfstream Aerospace signed a cross-licensing agreement that settles the dispute. Under the agreement, Gulfstream will permit Camp to use Gulfstream’s copyrighted maintenance manuals on a non-exclusive worldwide basis for 15 years.
Rosen Aviation’s 17- and 20-inch display monitors have been selected as standard equipment for Gulfstream’s G450 and G550 cabin entertainment systems. Gulfstream Aerospace has also recognized the Eugene, Ore.-based company as one of its 2006 Top Performer suppliers, based on quality and on-time delivery...
General Dynamics’ aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream and its support cousin, General Dynamics Aviation Services, had $1.2 billion in sales in the second quarter, up more than 13 percent from the same time a year ago. Earnings increased 20 percent, to $200 million. The backlog stood at more than $10 billion at the end of the quarter, a more than 40-percent increase from the second quarter of last year.
Aerion Corp. of Reno, Nev., plans to announce at the NBAA Convention later this month that it will build a supersonic business jet. While an Aerion spokesman would not release any details at press time, it is known that aviation industry veteran Brian Barents is the company’s vice chairman and billionaire Robert Bass is chairman.
Recent news reports that Gulfstream plans to build a prototype supersonic business jet (SSBJ) by 2013 are inaccurate, according to a company spokesman. “We’re still doing basic research on sonic boom suppression,” he said.
Gulfstream Aerospace has developed software enhancement called “Circuit Flash” for electronic manuals that makes it easier for aircraft technicians to interpret detailed wiring diagrams.
For the past six years at EBACE, Gulfstream has given groups of aviation journalists the opportunity to experience the cabin amenities of one of its business jets during a morning flight over the Alps. The initial flight in 2002 was in a G200, the model chosen because Gulfstream had purchased the type certificates for it and the smaller G100 from Israel Aircraft Industries the year before.
Savannah, Georgia-based Gulfstream Aerospace delivered its 150th G200 super-midsize business jet last month. Since Gulfstream absorbed the former Galaxy Aerospace product line in 2001, the company has made significant improvements to the G200, including a 600-pound weight reduction, as well as the option of an automatic throttle system. In 2004, the aircraft received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.