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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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San Antonio International opens general aviation federal inspection facility

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) has celebrated the completion the 5,000ft² General Aviation Federal Inspection Station (GA/FIS) with a grand opening.

SAT processed more than 22,000 international general aviation arriving passengers and over 4,200 general aviation aircraft through the temporary customs area in Terminal A while the new facility was being constructed in 2016. The new facility separates commercial and general aviation aircraft, aiming to improve the customer experience for passengers going through customs.

Russ Handy, aviation director for the city of San Antonio, said, “This project aligns with our mission and vision to offer ongoing prosperity for South Texas and provide a more phenomenal customer experience to our international travelers.”

Innova Aerospace invested more than US$2m to design and build the facility, as negotiated by the city as part of a public/private partnership. In the 25-year lease agreement, the City’s aviation department constructed the apron and taxiway improvements to provide airside access to the facility, which is located on the north side of the airfield on Skyplace Boulevard.

Customs and border protection will provide agents to process all inbound international general aviation flights, and the city will maintain the building and all associated costs excluding staff salaries. 

July 6, 2017

Written by Kirstie Pickering


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