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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.

29th August 2017

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Harrods Aviation makes major GSE investment

Harrods Aviation, the FBO chain based in London, UK, with premises at Luton and Stansted airports, has invested more than £500,000 (US$620,000) in new ground support equipment (GSE). The company says this is necessary to support growing numbers of customer traffic, and also a rise in large traffic movements.

Among the equipment purchased is a TLD TMX550 tractor tug, which can push back or tow a Boeing B747-800 and an Airbus A380. Harrods Aviation has also bought two new sets of JBT self-propelled passenger steps, which can serve aircraft with doors up to 5.8m high. A Charlotte EBT electric tractor, which has a towing capacity of 20 tons, will also be used, with a Hitzinger D-Power 180 GPU ground power supply and various new hydro system tow bars completing the line-up.

Kerry Besgrove, operations director, Harrods Aviation, said, “This ongoing investment is needed to maintain and increase customer satisfaction by making sure that we have the best, most up-to-date equipment for servicing our customers’ aircraft. The increase in large cabin movements that we have seen reflects the fact that we keep our customers happy through efficient and seamless customer service.

“Having new equipment aides our staff in making sure aircraft depart on time with minimum delays for customers. We have also invested in intensive training for staff using the new equipment to provide the optimum customer experience.”

March 31, 2017

Written by Chris Anderson


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