It was a little over 2 years ago that we reported the delivery of G650 M-GSIX to Denis O'Brien. He has now replaced that with a brand new G650ER. M-YSIX (6156) arrived at Ronaldsway last night and was caught by Alex Henthorne. It is expected to continue on to Dublin this morning.
G650 M-YNNS (6120) arrived at Ronaldsway IoM this afternoon from Guernsey. It is the former 9H-IKO which I saw depart Luton on the 20th so presumably was re-registered on or about the 21st. Replacing a Falcon 7X with the same reg. Thanks to Alex Henthorn for the picture.
On Saturday, 10th October, a group of enthusiasts arrived at Lanseria airport, near Johannesburg, South Africa to check in for the flight of a lifetime. The destination was Maun in Botswana but honestly it could have flown anywhere and we'd have gone. The aircraft in question was Gulfstream G-1159A Gulfstream 3
ZS-VIP (con 444) operated by Zenith Air. I first saw this at Gatwick in 1985 as N110MT. See pic - click here
We were airborne off runway 07 at 0814 and climbed to FL400 in 16 minutes. We landed on 08 at Maun at 0925, 1 hour and 11 minutes later. I also did the return leg. Some of the group flew in a Cessna 401 which took a bit longer. We were airborne at 1403 climbing to FL450 in 18 minutes and returned home at 1511, 1 hour and 8 minutes later.
Thanks to Michael Flebbe for all the organisation.
49 years ago today, 2nd October 1966, the G2 flew for the first time. It was built and flown from Bethpage NY. N801GA (001) and the next 6 were all built here before production was moved to Savannah GA where all subsequent Gulfstreams have been built. N801GA became N55RG which was caught by Alex Peake at Luton in 2006.
G650 G-GSVI was spotted at Long Beach recently by Michael Carter. This will become the 4th G650 on the British register when delivered. It appears to be in the same scheme as Airbus A-330
A7-HHM so would presumably have a Middle East connection. This is con 6160 as seen subsequently as N660GA.
The regular sight of a G-159 Gulfstream turboprop landing at Palm Beach in Florida is now no more.
Phoenix Air, who operate the aircraft, have lost the contract and flights ceased at the end of July. Trackers show that N164PA (seen above and my last shot of her) positioned to Cartersville on the 31st. The G1C N195PA which returned to service at the end of April positioned there the following day.
The Saudi Armed Forces Medical Services recently took delivery of a 3rd new Gulfstream 450. They now operate HZ-MS4A (4313), HZ-MS4B (4324) and HZ-MS4C (4328). HZ-MS4B was caught yesterday by Westleigh Bushell at Stansted.
This organisation has had a long history with Gulfstream having received a G2 in 1980 HZ-MSD (256) followed by another in 1984 HZ-MS4 (103) along with G3 HZ-MS3 (385). These were followed by G4 HZ-MS4 (1365) and G5s HZ-MS5A (644) and HZ-MS5B (583).
It is expected that the G5s will be retired now that newer machines are in service.