Gulfstream Aerospace has made further improvements to its Farnborough service center following its opening at the UK’s preeminent business aviation airport last summer, the Savannah, Georgia-based business jet manufacturer announced this week. The enhancements, a Gulfstream spokeswoman told AIN, are aimed at reducing downtime of customer aircraft.
Among the enhancements at the Farnborough location is a paint facility that allows the company to perform touchups and rework on relatively small areas of an aircraft up to the size of a G650 flap. It also has added fuel storage capability for defueling and refueling of customers' aircraft, which eliminates the possibility of wasting excess fuel while also providing safe storage during maintenance.
Additional work areas and back shops will offer wheel, brake, and battery service. An avionics room will facilitate faster testing and fault diagnosis. And a non-destructive testing area will provide a dedicated space for the equipment necessary to complete critical inspections, the company said.
With the exception of the fuel storage facility, these improvements were made within the service center facility’s existing 225,000-sq-ft footprint.