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Gulfstream Aerospace celebrates flight test program milestone

Gulfstream Aerospace has reflected on the first ten flight tests for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 jets. The jets are twin-engine, with the G500 replacing the G450. The G500 has a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,260km) at Mach 0.85, with nonstop flights connecting distant cities such as Istanbul to Cape Town, Los Angeles to London, and San Francisco to Tokyo. The G600 can fly 4,800 nautical miles (8,890km) at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, and seats up to 19 passengers, with room for nine to sleep.

19th September 2017



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Fractional-share provider PlaneSense has completed a five-yearly functional test of its emergency fire extinguishing system in its 40,000ft2 hangar at its Portsmouth International Airport headquarters in New Hampshire.

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EU approves single-engine turboprops for commercial use

The European Commission has published an amendment to its air operations regulation to allow the use of single-engine turboprop aircraft for commercial air transport (CAT) purposes in Europe. The long-awaited regulation change, drafted by the European Air Safety Agency (EASA), takes effect on March 21 and sets a framework for operations in 32 European countries. Read the revised regulations here.

Any businesses looking to take advantage will need to obtain individual state approval from their home country, and also show that specific minimum operational, training, maintenance and equipment standards are met. There are also equipment requirements for the single-engine turboprops involved.

Previously, such small aircraft could not be used commercially due to safety concerns, particularly when flying at night or in bad weather. But thanks to an impressive track record in the USA, where they have long been involved in commercial use, and with technological advances, there have been calls for the rules to be amended.

The use of these aircraft could reduce an operator’s fuel bills by 20-30%, compared to models with two engines, and also allow the opening of new routes to airfields in locations only accessible by smaller airplanes, which will also benefit from reduced landing charges. With the UK’s impending divorce from the EU, and the possible relocation of some companies to mainland Europe, business aviation between the two is expected to increase, opening opportunities made affordable thanks to the new ruling.

Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers’ Association (GAMA), said in a statement, “The EU’s acceptance of CAT operations has been a long-awaited moment for general aviation. We are very pleased to see Europe joining other regions in permitting this important form of transport.

“We applaud the leadership shown by EASA in guiding this important safety framework forward, along with many dedicated individuals who helped forge this rule over many years. It will be a welcome development for those underserved by commercial routes to date.”

March 9, 2017

Written by Chris Anderson


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