Thursday, 3 April 2014

New G650 for Hong Kong

G650 VP-CKB (6068) was today delivered Savannah-Luton-Hong Kong to join sister ship G550 VP-CKG of Jet Aviation.
Seen resting at Luton.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Retirement home for old Grummans

Mark Wagner has sent me this shot of the ramp at California City last October showing 11 G2s and 3s with most of them having their engines removed. I guess this is the only way the remaining fleet will stay in the air.           See
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Copyright Mark Wagner

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

1st G650 for Denmark

Execujet have recently taken delivery of G650 OY-GLF (6040) and this arrived at Luton this afternoon for some maintenance.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Gee One visit

Have recently returned from Florida and had the pleasure of meeting Scott Morris (G1 captain and author of and visiting both the G1s based at Palm Beach. They operate 2 rotations most days for AUTEC (Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre) using a Greybird callsign. The G1C (N195PA con 088) is usually used as the stretched version carries more passengers. G1 N196PA (con 139) is the reserve aircraft. Only 15 G1s remain active out of 200 originally built.

Pics 1 and 2 are N195PA, pics 3 and 4 are N196PA. Pic 5 shows Scott proudly at the door of 195 while the final shot shows 195 arriving several days later.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

New G650 for JCB

G650 M-JCBB (6049) has recently been delivered to JC Bamford at East Midlands. It was caught there by Steve Blood on the 20th of January. Will presumably replace G550 G-JCBB.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Metrojet confirm G650 order

HONG KONG –13 January 2014 - Metrojet  a leading provider of business aircraft services in Asia, is pleased to be selected as the operator of the first Gulfstream G650 to be registered in Hong Kong, and to announce that it has received the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s approval in Q4 2013 for maintaining the new Gulfstream G650.

Mr. Björn Näf, Chief Executive Officer of Metrojet said, "The addition of the G650 to our fleet is a major milestone for Metrojet. It will be a ‘first of type’ in Hong Kong, and it also means that across our fleet of diversified aircraft, we are able to offer our clients the most complete business aviation range in Asia."

Gulfstream G650 is described as "the flagship of the Gulfstream fleet." It is an ultra-high-speed, ultra-long-range business jet. Carrying eight passengers, it can travel 7,000 nm (12,964 km) at Mach 0.85 and has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925. Metrojet foresees that there will be greater needs of long range aircraft in the Asia region; hence it is honoured to be recognised as a capable operator to manage and maintain the G650.

See Corporatejetinvestor/bizjetblogger for an update.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Another Middle East G650 delivery

G650 N44KJ (6055) left Savannah on 29th December and sat at Ronaldsway on the Isle of man before continuing on to Jeddah via Bern this morning. Believed to be replacing G4 N437GA which was in the same scheme. Alex Henthorn was again there to record the departure.
N437GA at Zurich in 2009

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Another rare G4 visits Stansted

Long term readers of this blog may recall the interest that the Ivory Coast G4 that arrived at Luton in August 2012 generated. Well, that was nothing compared to the news that the Sultan of Johor's G4 9M-ISJ (1106) was coming to Stansted today. Delivered in 1990 and not seen outside the Far East other than Long Beach where maintenance is carried out.
I stood in a soggy field for over an hour to catch this. It initially came in on approach without flaps so aborted the landing and went round again. There were many happy people there today as this is probably one of the hardest G4s to see. 2 more pictures can be seen at the links below.
landing shot 1            landing shot 2