Gulfstream has received type certificates for the G650 and G280. The company received certification from FAA for both jets within days of each other in early September. The G650 is Gulfstream's new flagship, featuring a larger cabin than its G550 predecessor and capable of travel at speeds up to Mach 0.925. The G280, originally designated G250, is a supermidsize jet designed as a follow-on to the G200. Built through a joint effort between Gulfstream and IAI, it first flew in Dec 2009, less than a month after the G650. Gulfstream says it has 200 confirmed orders for the G650 and expects to begin deliveries of completed aircraft by the end of this year.


Smyrna Air Center Dir of Maintenance Dave Clouse works on the GE H80.

Power90 upgrade performance numbers on the King Air C90 are in. Smyrna Air Center at MQY (Smyrna TN) has been working on the STC using GE's H80 turboprop engine since earlier this year and is currently testing one of the engines on the company's own King Air C90.

According to Smyrna Air Center Power90 Dir of Business Development Dan Sigl, early results indicate performance numbers vastly improved over the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-21, including an increased climb rate from 50 fpm at FL260 to 800 fpm at FL280.

In hot conditions, the engine performed equally well, providing an initial rate of climb of 2500 fpm on a 93°F day.

The H80, certified by GE earlier this year, does not require a hot section inspection and uses a fuel slinger ring as opposed to fuel nozzles, thereby eliminating the need for nozzle inspections and reducing downtime.

The 800-shp engine also has an extended 3600-hr TBO and boasts an electronic limiting unit (ELU), allowing for "hands off" engine starting by automatically aborting an engine start should the ELU sense any over-temp indications.

Smyrna Air Center already has an STC for the Power90 upgrade using GE's M601 E-IIA engine and expects an amended STC for the H80 in October. Installations will be handled by Smyrna Air Center or by one of their 4 other installation centers in the US, France and Colombia.

GE Aviation has launched 2 new turboprop engine models—the H75 and H85. The engines are derivatives of the H80 engine currently installed on the Thrush Aircraft 510G, LET L410, and Technoavia's Rysachok twin-engine aircraft. The H75 and H85 engines will have 750 and 850 shp respectively and, like the H80, will be aimed toward the agricultural, commuter, utility and business turboprop aircraft segments. The company expects to receive EASA and FAA certification early next year.


Pro Star Aviation has promoted Daren Remmert to avionics installation manager. Remmert, an A&P and commercial pilot, is overseeing inhouse and on-the-road avionics installations for the MHT (Manchester NH)-based company.


MRO services

Aviation Partners Inc (API) has received STC certification for blended winglets for the Dassault Falcon 50 series. Certification was awarded in mid-September and EASA approval is imminent. API says that its "high Mach" blended winglet design reduces drag at cruise speeds of Mach 0.80 and higher, resulting in a corresponding increase in range as well as a reduction in operating costs and carbon emissions. The recent certification comes on the heels of similar certifications on the Falcon 2000 and 900 series. Installation is available through API's network of authorized installers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Last flight

Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon, died in Cleveland OH on Aug 25 from complications following a cardiovascular procedure. A highly decorated pilot and astronaut, Armstrong was once quoted as saying, "Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying." Armstrong served as a naval aviator from 1942–52 before joining the National Advisory Committee for Aero­nautics (NACA), which later became NASA. He was an engineer and test pilot, and flew many pioneering high-speed aircraft such as the X15, which flew over 4000 mph. During his career, Armstrong flew more than 200 models of jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders. He is most famous for being the first man on the Moon, taking his first steps on the lunar surface on Jul 20, 1969.



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