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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



Dassault's Falcon 5X jet takes its first flight

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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Solid May business aviation growth in Germany, UK and Spain, says WingX

Photo: Farnborough Airport has seen a 15% growth in business this year

Over 77,000 business aviation departures took place in May making it the busiest month of the year so far, says WingX’s Business Aviation Monitor monthly report.

The figures are an increase of 3.3% compared with May 2016, and a 17% increase on April 2017. The daily flight frequency during May was 2,486 departures, with largest gains coming in the second half of the month, coinciding with the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival. In comparison to 2016, year-to-date growth has increased by 3.2%.

There has been a strong growth in West and Central Europe for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, with Spain and the UK also making substantial gains. Flights arriving into Europe increased from all regions except Northern Africa, and arrivals from Russia were up by 3% in contrast to the 6% decline over the last 12 months. Departures from Europe to North America were up by 8% and flights to Asia-Pacific increased by 18% year-on-year.

There was modest growth at popular airports Paris-Le Bourget (France) and Geneva (Switzerland), with strongest year-on-year gains at London Luton (UK), which was up 6%, and Farnborough (UK), which saw a 15% growth. Biggin Hill (UK) and Stuttgart (Germany) saw year-on-year increases of 18%, and Nice (France) saw an 8% year-to-date increase, which is equivalent to an additional 85 flights each month.

June 14, 2017

By Felicity Butcher


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