Aircraft Maintenance Technology

APR 2014

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Above: Gulfstream's processes and technologies have changed so that there is a one-time install of the interior that reduces final phase cycle time and requires fewer tools. Left: Gulfstream has taken the time to look at the space technicians need to get their work done and built a maintenance friendly and reliable aircraft. | 17 The '90s Gulfstream rolled out the GV, the first ultra-long range business jet, and opened the Savannah Ser v ice Center w ith 136,000 square feet of hangar space. In 1997 Gulfstream began the concurrent fabrication of the GIV-SP and the GV, a significant change to its manufactur- ing practice of linear production. The GV team was awarded the 1997 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the highest award in aeronautics or astronautics in North A merica, for improving the perfor- mance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles. 2000 - 2014 new millennium growth and innovation The growth in f leet types, manufactur- ing and service facilities, customer ser- vices offerings, and number of employ- ees was exponential. General Dynamics pu rchased Gu l fstrea m in 3Q19 9 9 a nd i n 2 0 02 it renamed its f leet using Arabic numerals — the G550, G500, G400, G300, G200, G150 and G100. The Gulfstream G550 team won the Collier Trophy in 2003. "The G550 was the first civil aircraft to receive a Ty pe Certif icate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FA A) that includes an enhanced vision system (EVS) as standard equipment …" and "the first cockpit to incorporate PlaneView®, an integrated avionics suite featuring four 14-inch liquid crystal displays in land- scape format and the first business-jet with in-f light, high-speed Internet con- nectivity." How Gulfstream's technical work force has changed Russell explains, "In the very early '90s the company's headcount was 2,500 to Upper left: At its headquarters in Savannah, GA, Gulfstream's footprint covers more than 4 million square feet of hangars, shops, offices, service centers, paint hangars, sales and design center, and research and development centers. Lower left: The Gulfstream fleet: The large-cabin G650, G550, G450 are manufactured in Savannah and outfitted in Savannah; Brunswick, GA; Long Beach, CA; or Appleton, WI. The super midsize G280 and mid-cabin G150 are co-manufactured in Tel Aviv at the Israel Aerospace Industries facility and outfitted in Dallas. PHOTOS COURTESY OF GULFSTREAM AEROSPACE CORP. AMT_16-23_CSBizAviation.indd 17 4/7/14 1:42 PM

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