Saturday, 20 May 2017

G500 arrives for EBACE

G500 N505GD (72005) arrived at Geneva this evening from Le Bourget to become the first of this type to visit the annual EBACE show. Although a G500 visited Farnborough last year, this is the first one fully fitted out to visit Europe. It was caught by my good friend Westleigh Bushell. Also, see gulfstreamnews.com

The G500 flew from Savannah to New York to Paris rather than direct to Geneva to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. The G500 set a speed record of 7 hours and 40 minutes compared to Charles Lindbergh who took 33 and a half hours. Appropriately, the G500 averaged Mach 0.90. See gulfstreamnews.com

Hampshire Aviation Update

G650 M-OVIE (6247) arrived on delivery this morning to Hampshire Aviation at Bournemouth-Hurn. It joins G550 M-USIC (5394) and G280s M-ISTY (2085) and M-INTY (2086). Falcon 2000EX M-CHEM is the only non Gulfstream aircraft and probably has the most appropriate reg as Hampshire is the flight department of INEOS Group AG of Rolle, Switzerland, a privately-owned chemical company. It is also believed that they were looking closely at the new G500 so may be an early customer for this model.
If anyone is able to send me a pic of M-OVIE, I'll use it in place of the above. Full credit will of course be given.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Wanda G650 delivery soon?

G650 N651GA (6251) was seen flying at Long Beach on the 16th by Michael Carter. It then flew a customer acceptance flight the following day so we expect this to deliver soon and probably become the 2nd G650 on the Mainland China register.
Other news is that G650 N647GA (6247) flew from Savannah to Grand Cayman yesterday so looking to be a candidate for the Cayman register. Info from Flightaware
 
Update: To prove this is not an exact science, it didn't take long to get it wrong. 6241 was cancelled to China so maybe 6251 will be the 3rd. 6247 was cancelled to the Isle of Man.


Sunday, 14 May 2017

G650 delivered to Barbados

G650 8P-ASD (6245) arrived at Farnborough this afternoon from Newquay. It was first tracked with the new reg on 10th May. Will probably be replacing G550 8P-MSD (5137). This company have operated most versions of the Gulfstream starting with G2 8P-LAD (210) in 1990. Many thanks to Westleigh Bushell for his picture.


Friday, 12 May 2017

More Chinese action at LGB

Michael Carter has sent me these pictures of a pair of G650s seen at Long Beach recently. The first carries Heilan titles. This is a fashion company based in Jiangyin, China. The frame number is yet to be identified. The second picture shows N988DJ (6143) which now carries this smart Deerjet scheme. I wouldn't be too upset if all their white G550s were painted like this.



Monday, 8 May 2017

Pendley G450 arrives home

G450 G-ULFM (4359) arrived at Luton this afternoon on delivery. It came in from Edinburgh but started the day at Rotterdam where it was caught by Marco Berkhout. Used the callsign PDY27A for the first sector and PDY27B for the final one.


First Chinese G650 delivered

G650 B-3255 (6181) was delivered through Anchorage yesterday and was caught by Michael Carter who is spending some time there at the moment. Although G650s have been delivered to Hong Kong before, this is the first to go to China "proper". Has the same logo as G550 B-8261 which is reported as being operated by Beijing Capital Airlines.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Random Gulfstream photo #15

I've recently been sent this pic by Paul Filmer (link) of this lovely old G3 arriving at Centennial (KAPA) last month. N510FR (446) is now operated by Oneflight and sports this terrific black scheme. Originally delivered to Unitech in 1985 as N446U.


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Flexjet G450 fleet expansion

Following the delivery of 6 new build G450s to Flexjets between June 2015 and April 2016 (N450FX-N455FX), a 7th G450 has just been registered to them. N456FX (4132) is the former N851CB and is the first obtained from the market.
N452FX at Palm Beach in 2016


3rd G600 flies

The 3rd G600 N730GD (73003) took it's first flight yesterday at Savannah. Less than 5 months after the flight of the first one. Full story at gulfstreamnews.com
via GAC


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Pendley Aviation upgrades

Pendley Aviation, based at Luton, have said goodbye to their G200 G-ZZOO (163) which departed to St. Johns in Canada on 19th April and subsequently became N163GA. It has been traded in for brand new G450 G-ULFM (4359) which has just been registered to them and should appear shortly. Hope to post a pic once it arrives but in the meantime ...
G-ZZOO departing Luton in 2015


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Random Gulfstream photo #14

Following on from a post last September, I have just received this lovely shot from Peter Johnson of G650 HB-JFP (6206). Taken at Geneva this morning, 'JFP is operated by Jet Aviation on behalf of Patek Philippe, a luxury watch maker. One to look out for if you're visiting EBACE this month.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Random Gulfstream photo #13

G650 C-GNDN (6162) arrived at Farnborough yesterday from Zurich. It is operated by Skyservice Business Aviation for a Calgary couple who are technology entrepreneurs. They previously had a G550 (C-GNDN / 5230) and a G450 (C-GXDN / 4030). It was caught by Westleigh Bushell.