Tuesday, 21 October 2014

G2 engine test bed

1972 build Grumman Gulfstream 2 N900DH (111) is currently flying with a SNECMA Silvercrest engine on the right side and the original Rolls Royce Spey on the left. This new engine will eventually power the Dassault Falcon 5X and the Cessna Longitude.
See www.ainonline.com
via AIN Online

Thursday, 16 October 2014

1st G650 for China

Thanks again to Michael Carter for sending this shot of Hong Kong registered G650 B-KEY (? c/n) at Long Beach yesterday. Scheme suggests this will join (or replace) G550 B-KID.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More from SAV

Frederick K. Larkin was lucky enough to be invited to Savannah yesterday and has sent me these pictures of G500 N500GA. Also, a bonus shot of FKL's ride to SAV.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

New models announced today

Gulfstream have today announced 2 new models at Savannah. The G500 and G600. See gulfstreamnews.com
See the video of the presentation at Youtube
picture courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace
For the first time, Gulfstream have moved away from engine supplier Rolls Royce and will use Pratt & Whitney PW800s. The G600 will have a range of 6200nm (G550 = 6000nm). The G500 will have a range of 5000nm (G450 = 4200nm). Other major change is no yoke, just a sidestick control. G500 N500GA was introduced to the press today.
Qatar Aw have signed a MoU for up to 20 G500 and G650ER. See gulfstreamnews Flexjet have ordered up to 50 G450, G500 and G650. See gulfstreamnews
Deliveries of the G500 slated for 2018 with the G600 about a year later.
picture via AIN Online

Saturday, 11 October 2014

More from LGB

Michael Carter has sent me some more pictures from Long Beach. Taken yesterday, 10th October.

N683GD (6083) is in the same colours as M-BADU so confirms the con of that one. N788AC (6046) has been reserved for this frame since March this year. The lack of any colour scheme suggests that the fate of this one is still uncertain.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Kuwaiti G650 seen at LGB

Michael Carter has just sent this shot of G650 9K-GGA taken at Long Beach earlier today. Will join G550 9K-GFA which has State of Kuwait titles. Subsequently seen as N603GD (6103)
9K-GFA at Luton in September 2011

Monday, 8 September 2014

Another Manx G450?

G450 N303GA (4303) arrived at Ronaldsway this morning from Savannah and was caught by Alex Henthorn. It carries a taped on registration and is believed to have an M dash registration underneath.
Update. New registration M-SOBR revealed this afternoon. Photo also by Alex.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Recent LGB sightings

Some more shots from Long Beach by Michael Carter. G550 G-LSCW has had N571GA applied since so is con 5471. G650 M-VITA still awaits to be identified.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Yet another Manx G650

G650 M-WIND (6080) arrived at Farnborough last night from Bradley (KBDL). It was originally registered N7780 but this only lasted a few days so one suspects this is yet another one that has been sold on. This is the 7th G650 to be registered to the Isle of Man. It was captured in the fading light by Steve Roake