Yesterday Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace product support, summarized the company’s latest efforts in the product support arena, which includes 3,850 personnel, 11 Gulfstream-owned service centers, 14 Jet Aviation facilities, more than $1.4 billion in parts and materials, upgraded Field and Airborne Support Team (Fast) G150s and three rapid-response Fast trucks, in Los Angeles, Houston and New York.
Gulfstream Aerospace said today at NBAA 2013 that its G650 broke the westbound, around-the-world record for a non-supersonic aircraft, making the trip in 41 hours 7 minutes. This bested the previous record by about four hours. With just three fuel stops, the G650 averaged 568.5 miles per hour over the 20,310-nm trip in early July. Tom Horne, Gulfstream senior experimental test pilot, served as pilot-in-command for the record flight; he was accompanied by Gulfstream pilots Bud Ball, John McGrath, Ross Oetje and Eric Parker.
Records are made to be broken and the Gulfstream G650 did just that on July 1-2 this year, Gulfstream Aerospace revealed yesterday here at NBAA 2013. Flying westbound around the world, the G650 made the trip in 41 hours, 7 minutes, making three fuel stops–with an average speed for the 20,310-nautical mile trip of 568.5 miles per hour (915 kilometers per hour), which broke the record for a non-supersonic aircraft.
Rolls-Royce (Booth No. C8134) is here touting the benefits of its CorporateCare program, which covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the manufacturer’s business jet engines–the BR710, BR725, AE3007 and Tay 611.
While Gulfstream celebrates the 47th anniversary of the first flight of its first business jet this month, that very aircraft is in the process of becoming a museum piece, following a long service career. Grumman Gulfstream II S/N 0001 (built at the company’s Bethpage, N.Y. facility before the business jet division moved to Savannah), first flew on Oct. 2, 1966. After the certification flight-test program it was refurbished and sold to entrepreneur Robert Galvin, Motorola Corporation CEO, in 1970.
David Hess, president of Pratt & Whitney, announced he will retire at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Paul Adams, currently the engine manufacturer’s COO.
Although the name of the NBAA annual meeting and convention has changed to the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the yearly celebration of all things business aviation has been and always will be known as the NBAA show, and those headed to Las Vegas for the October 22 to 24 event universally say they are going to “NBAA.”
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Brent Monroe vice president of North American sales for the western division. In his new role, he leads a sales team whose territory includes the Western U.S. states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Monroe, who is based in Dallas, has more than 20 years of experience in both military and business aviation, particularly in the Midwest region.
The fleet of its Russian-based Gulfstream business jets has grown more than sixfold in the last six years, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer said yesterday at the first day of the three-day Jet Expo 2013 show in Moscow. It said there are 53 customer-operated Gulfstreams in Russia and a combined 76 in Russia and the wider Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In 2007 those numbers were eight and 11, respectively, Gulfstream said.
Deliveries of new business jets worldwide this year are likely to stay at the same level as last year, Boris Bychkov, CEO of Airclaims CIS, said yesterday in Moscow, where he spoke at the Business Aviation Forum 2013. Airclaims, a provider of aviation consulting, information and other aviation-related services, counted only 674 business aircraft delivered last year, compared with 1,290 in 2008, just before the global financial crisis hit. Russian event-organizer ATO Events held the meeting ahead of this week’s JetExpo show.