This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Gulfstream Aerospace is not only keeping its business jet production lines, green aircraft completions, product support operations, and G700 flight-test campaign ongoing during the Covid-19 crisis, but it is also helping in the fight against the virus. The Savannah, Georgia-based aircraft manufacturer has donated personal protection equipment to hospitals in New York, made monetary donations to organizations that help those in need, and is now using its 3D printers to make medical equipment.
“To help address the shortage of medical supplies, we have already donated 3,500 N95 masks and more than 3,100 protection suits to U.S. hospitals and public health organizations,” it said. “We have also provided more than $60,000 to Savannah-based organizations working to assist those in need. To support other Gulfstream communities, donations are also being made in Dallas; Long Beach, California; and Appleton, Wisconsin.”
Meanwhile, Gulfstream—in partnership with two of its General Dynamics sister companies—is using its 3D printers to produce adapters for a Canadian clinic trial examining if CPAP/BiPAP machines can be converted to usable ventilators. The company is also using its 3D labs to print tension-release bands for surgical masks and is working with its General Dynamics sister companies to pursue Food and Drug Administration registration/approval of 3D-printed nasal test swabs.