APP Jet Center has broken ground on a new 20,000-sq-ft heated hangar at its Manassas Regional Airport facility near Washington, D.C. When completed in January, the FBO’s sixth hangar will be able to accommodate business aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream G650. The addition will bring the total aircraft storage space at the facility to 150,000 sq ft. APP’s existing hangar space at Manassas is fully occupied, and the company said it continues to receive inquiries from operators based at Dulles seeking to relocate there.
Chad Trautvetter spoke with Trevor Esling of Gulfstream Aerospace, inside the Gulfstream G650, about the European Business Aviation Market at EBACE 2013
RocketRoute (Booth 1257) announced at EBACE that Salzburg, Austria-based charter, management and sales firm Private Airlines is its first Gulfstream customer for the RocketRoute flight-planning app. Private Airlines’s fleet includes the Gulfstream G150, G280 and G650, as well as Boeing and Airbus bizliners.
Operators of Gulfstreams based or traveling in Europe will benefit from augmented support capability. Gulfstream has moved more parts into the region, bringing the total value to $125 million. Most of Gulfstream’s Europe-based parts and materials–nearly $80 million worth–are located in Madrid at Corjet Maintenance’s warehouse at Barajas Airport. Gulfstream’s Luton and Madrid facilities can ship parts anywhere in Europe or the Middle East within 24 hours and offer a 24-hour call-in number for customers who need parts support.
Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services announced that Kevin Bradley is joining the company as the new v-p of operations. Before rejoining Rectrix, Bradley served as service center coordinator for Gulfstream Aerospace in Westfield, Mass. During his 15 years in the aviation industry, Bradley has held numerous high-level positions, including five years as general manager of AirFlyte and two years as general manager of Rectrix Aerodrome Centers.
Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN, Booth 2135) announced here at EBACE that it has signed a representation agreement with Gulfstream Aerospace. This announcement comes just a week and a half after the closing of a successful Nigerian business aviation conference, the country’s first, hosted by EAN. The company is the first fully integrated FBO, maintenance and hangar facility for business jets to open at Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.
With more than 180 Gulfstream operators, Europe is a major region for the Gulfstream Aerospace, and the company has recently expanded its support infrastructure in the continent. At Luton Airport, the company’s support center has added more employees, while the mobile repair team unit, part of the field and airborne support team (Fast) network has also grown in size. Fast engineers are based in Athens, Paris and Switzerland, and one more is to begin operations from Kiev.
Gulfstream’s G280 sales demonstrator has been blazing trails around the world as it goes out scouting for business. Along the way it has notched up more than 20 city-pair speed records. Entering service in December last year, the G280 demonstrator has now racked up more than 132,000 nm in more than 400 flight hours. To date, it has visited 109 cities in 36 countries, Gulfstream said.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced today at EBACE that it is bolstering its sales and marketing presence in Europe as the Gulfstream fleet continues to expand there. As part of this effort, Gulfstream is opening a new sales and design center in London’s exclusive Mayfair district next month. In addition, Gulfstream has appointment four new company-authorized independent sales representatives in Europe and Africa: Tim Leacock Aircraft Sales in the UK; ATP Aviation in Ankara, Turkey; Loyd’s Aviation Group in Slovakia, Czech Republic; and Evergreen Apple Nigeria in Lagos.
The Gulfstream G650’s systems make it a complex aircraft not simply in the cockpit, but in the cabin as well. To help prepare cabin crews for any eventuality aft of the cockpit door, Flight Safety’s Savannah Learning Center in Georgia inaugurated a six-hour cabin system-training course last week. G650 topics include the cabin management system, seat and galley equipment operations, communications and water and waste system training. The training provider also announced similar programs for the G450 and G550.